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Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, O.IV.4

s. XV1 (f. 1-46 copied in 1429, cf. f. 9r, 25r and 35r).

Or.:

f. 1-46 copied by Arnold Grub von Kranenborch in the region of Basel, cf. f. 10r: ‘… per manus Arnoldi Grub’, f. 25r: ‘… per manus Arnoldi Grub anno domini 1429 finite tertia die Augusti’ and f. 35r: ‘… scriptum per Arnoldum de Kranenborch in partibus superioribus infra Basileam et Alpes anno domini 1429 in profesto cathedra Petrus apostoli’.

Prov.:

Remigius Faesch (1595-1667).

Paper, 90 f., two hands (f. 1-4§ and 47-90). One or several folia are missing between f. 35 and 36.

Astrology, astronomy and computus: ‘Sequuntur iudicia planetarum in signis cum unus fuerit electus super reliquis. Et primo de Saturno. Aries. Iupiter in Ariete siccitas modica et pluvia pauca…’ (1r-9r); ‘Scientia inveniendi dominum anni et iudicia de eodem. Sole ingrediente in primum punctum Arietis…’ (9r-10r); ‘Sequitur de natura stellarum et de motibus astrorum. In libro de celo et mundo secundum novam translationem Aristoteles. Stelle sunt ex materia corporis celi…’ (10v-11v); Ptolemaica (11v-12r); ‘Virtutes et complexiones signorum. Luna in unaquaque lunatione 12 signa pertransit sicut Sol in anno…’ (12r-14v); ‘Item si aliquam viam pergere cepis…’ (14v-15r); ‘Nascentia signorum. Aries est signum dans hominem esse mediocris stature…’ (15r-15v); diagram showing the aspects and note on essential dignities (15v); diagram: essential dignities of the planets in each of the 12 signs (16r); short astrological chapters ‘Triplicitates sic distinguuntur in omnia 3 signa que in natura…’ (16v-17r); ‘Sequitur quot horis unumquodque signum oritur. Signorum quedam oriuntur recte…’ (17r-17v); ‘Sequitur de horis planetarum. In hora Saturni malum est purgare splen…’ (17v-18r); ‘Item sequuntur alie electiones planetarum recepte de libro Ababule et de libro Albumasar. In hora Saturni non bibas medicinam nec incidas pannos…’ (18r-18v); ‘Sequitur de horis planetarum cuiuslibet diei specialiter. In die dominico prima hora est Solis. Si quis profectus fuerit…’ (18v-19r); ‘Regula de planetis homini. Si planetam hominis invenire velis, divide per 4 virorum nomina mulieris…’ (19r-19v); table and diagrams: planetary hours (19v); ‘Sequitur de significationibus planetarum in signis. Saturnus in Ariete pro lege populi et agris…’ (20r-25r); diagram: celestial circles, with note ‘Item notandum quod hii quinque circuli…’ (25v); Ptolemaica (26r-31r); astronomical anthology ‘In libro Ciceronis Macrobius fontem celestis lucis Solem appellavit…’ (31v-32v); ‘Computus manualis. Compondium (!) computi manualis. Si nosse desideras…’ (33r-35r); notes of computus and astronomy (35r-35v); text on the constellations and lunar mansions missing the beginning (36r-39v); twelve astronomical and astrological diagrams (40r-40v); ‘Sequuntur iudicia de tonitruo. Ab oriente tonitruum per annum illum effusione sanguinis significat…’ (41r); ‘Planete regnantes in mensibus. In principio Ianuarii regnat Mars…’ (41r); Ptolemaica (41v); Revelatio Esdrae ‘Feria prima hyems bona, ver ventosum, estas sicca…’ (41v-42r); ‘Sequitur de naturis et significationibus planetarum. Septem planete sunt sidera errantia que moventur contraria celum…’ (42r-43r); ‘Stella Solis, scilicet dominica, habet numeros 24…’ (43r-43v); diagram showing the aspects (44r); ‘Modus inveniendi oppositionem Solis et Lune ac primam et secundam quadram Lune. Si oppositionem Solis et Lune…’ with eclipse table 1393-1609 (44r-46v); Alcabitius, Introductorius (47r-90v).

Lit.

Katalog der datierten Handschriften in der Schweiz in lateinischer Schrift vom Anfang des Mittelalters bis 1550, I: M. von Scarpatetti, Die Handschriften der Bibliothek von Aarau, Appenzell und Basel, Dietikon-Zürich, 1977, 221 (no. 613); I. Draelants, Un encyclopédiste méconnu du XIIIe siècle: Arnold de Saxe. Œuvres, sources et réception, PhD dissertation, Université of Louvain-la-Neuve, 2000, 2 vols, I, 95-99.

11v‑12r

Images

‘De motibus et iudiciis planetarum. In libro de iudiciis planetarum Ptolomeus. Saturnus [this word as subtitle in the margin]. Sub Saturno sunt hec signa, Capricornus et Aquarius, et sunt eius domus. Regnat in Libra, in Ariete regnum abstrahit — (Luna) complet cursum suum in 28 diebus etc.’

26r‑31r

‘Sequuntur principia scientie astronomie. Summa principiorum et eorum que oportent prescriri in noticiam scientie astronomie et ad librum Pthol<omei> Almagesti et ad intelligendum tractatum de spera. Equator diei est circulus maior in spera occulta que describitur super duos polos — secundam vero denigrabo et tertiam rubricabo etc.’

= Thebit Bencora, De hiis que indigent expositione antequam legatur Almagesti (C.1.1)

, in a reworked and expanded version (same in MS Lyon, BM, 172). No glosses, but the scribe noted the topics in the margin.

41v

‘Iudicia de apparitionibus cometarum. Phtolomeus in centum verbis dicit sic: Stelle cum caude sunt 9 — in regibus et divitibus apparebit.’