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Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Cracow, Biblioteka Jagiellońska, 551

s. XIVex (copied for the most part in 1388, cf. f. 30vb: ‘In nomine domini finis adest in tabulas Alphoncii canonum anno 1388°’, f. 34va: ‘Et sic est finis illorum canonum astrolabii anno domini nativitatis eiusdem 1388°’, f. 42r: ‘Et sic adest finis huius theorice planetarum communis sub anno millesimo 388 in die sancti Bartholomei, hora 20a’, f. 56ra: ‘Explicit algorismus minutiarum vulgarium et physicarum sub anno dominice incarnationis 1388°’, and f. 127ra: ‘Et in hoc conpletur compositio chylindri in die 5 fratrum anno 1388’ and ‘Finitus est anno 1388 in die quinque fratrum’).

Or.:

probably Prague, cf. ‘secuntur radices super meridianum Pragensem…’ (f. 5r) and calculations for Magdeburg and Prague (as well as, by later hands, for Vienna, Erfurt and Cracow) f. 7v-12v.

Prov.:

the MS appears to have been in Cracow by 1420, cf. added table f. 101v: ‘Radices ad meridianum Cracoviensem anno domini 1420…’; Johannes de Środa, master of the University of Cracow in 1477 (cf. f. IVv: ‘Anno 1493. Liber magistri Iohannis Stalczar Dobyesleyte de Srzoda munere datus pro cognatis studentibus’); Petrus Tomicki (d. 1535), Bishop of Cracow, who bequeathed the MS to the College of Theologians of the University of Cracow (cf. 1r: ‘1536, reverendissimus dominus Petrus Thomicius episcopus Cracoviensis collegio theologorum legavit’).

Parchment, VII+129 f., several contemporary hands.

Astronomy, astrology, magic and alchemy: Alfonsine tables (1r-22v); John of Saxony, Canones (23ra-29ra); John of Saxony, Canones eclipsium (29ra-30vb); Pseudo-Messahallah, De compositione astrolabii, beginning of second part ‘Incipiunt canones astrolabii de inventione gradus Solis per diem mensis et econverso. Cum volueris scire in quo signo sit Sol…’ (30vb-31vb); ‘Nomina vocabulorum in astrolabio sunt hec: Primo armilla suspensoria ad capiendum…’ (32ra-34va); Theorica planetarum Gerardi (35r-42r); Johannes Eligerus de Gunderslauen, De utilitate quadrantis (42va-44rb); ‘Nota: Umbra versa est umbra omnis rei equedistantis…’ (44rb); ‘In compositione horalogii premittenda sunt prius nomina rotis…’ (44va-49ra); syzygy tables (49v-52r); John of Ligneres, Algorismus de minutiis (52va-56ra); astrolabe ‘Scribitur primo Posteriorum quod in omni scientia quid nominis presupponitur…’ (56ra-57rb); magical recipe, partly covered with ink (57va-57vb); John of Ligneres, Canones primi mobilis (58ra-63rb); John of Ligneres, Canones (63rb-70vb); added notes of medicine, 15th c. (71ra-73vb); Alfonsine tables (74r-96v); astronomical and astrological tables (97r-108v); medical recipes (109r); Ars notoria (109va-111v); Johannes de Plauen, Oycreper (112r-115r); magical recipe (115r); Pseudo-Albertus Magnus, Secreta mulierum (115va-116ra); magical recipes (116rb-117ra); chiromancy ‘Nunc videndum est de operatione…’, crossed out (117ra-117rb); magical recipes (117va-118r); ‘Nota quod Sol in emisperio australi et Venus sub radiis eiusdem…’ (118va-120rb); ‘Nota. Secundum Willermum Anglicum quamlibet planetam speram habere spissam et solidam…’ (120rb-120va); Ptolemaica (120va-121rb); Alkindi (?), Saturnus in Ariete sub radiis…, attr. Haly (121va-122rb); Guillelmus Anglicus, De urina non visa (122rb-124ra); ‘Incipiunt considerationes astroloice (!). Quando Luna comburitur vide si Luna prospicit…’ (124ra-124vb); Pseudo-Thebit Bencora, De motu octave spere (124rb-125rb), with figure (125v); ‘Nota. Sole in Geminis, Saturno in Piscibus…’ (125rb); ‘In usum chylindri primum capitulum ad sciendum que sit altitudo Solis…’ (126ra-127ra); ‘Ad componendum horarium fac hoc modo…’ (127ra); ‘Incipit liber alchimisticus. Post sim sum (?) sequitur ultima Luna…’ (127v-128v); solar table, with note (129r-129v); scattered notes (129v and inner back cover).

Lit.

G. Rosińska, Scientific Writings and Astronomical Tables in Cracow. A Census of Manuscripts Sources (xivth-xvith Centuries), Wrocław-Warszawa, 1984, 552 (index); M. Kowalczyk et al., Catalogus codicum manuscriptorum Medii Aevi Latinorum qui in Bibliotheca Jagellonica Cracoviae asservantur, III: Numeros continens inde a 445 usque ad 563, Wrocław, 1984, 333-344; M. Markowski, Astronomica et astrologica Cracoviensia ante annum 1550, Firenze, 1990, 293; B. Láng, Unlocked Books. Manuscripts of Learned Magic in the Medieval Libraries of Central Europe, University Park [Pennsylvania], 2008, 320; L. Moulinier-Brogi, Guillaume l’Anglais, le frondeur de l’uroscopie médiévale (XIIIe siècle), Genève, 2011, 207-208.

120va‑121rb

‘Centiloquium. Anima naturata iudicat super secundis a stellis et erit eius certificatio plus quam multorum — qui non operabitur aliquis nisi quod diligit.’

= Pseudo-Ptolemy, Centiloquium (version ‘Mundanorum’) (B.1.4), v. 4-5, 8-9, 13, 19-21, 45, 61, 50, 63, 74, 86 (same in MS Leipzig, UB, 1484). No glosses.