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Erfurt, Universitäts- und Forschungsbibliothek, Amplon. F. 395

s. XIV2 (copied in 1373, cf. colophons f. 121ra and 214r; mentions of the years 1372 (f. 6r) and 1373 (f. 36r), prediction of a lunar eclipse for 23 August 1374 (f. 45v), revolution horoscopes for 1373 and 1374 (f. 46r) and almanac 1374-1380 (f. 140v-142v). Or.: England (Schum). Prov.: Amplonius Rating (1363-1435); Erfurt, Collegium Porta Coeli in 1412.

Paper, 261 f., several similar hands.

Astronomy, astrology, optics, music, arithmetic and geometry: canons of Alfonsine tables ‘Numerum … (?) … Expliciunt canones super tabulas Alphoncii regis’ (2ra-5vb); astronomical notes (6r); Alfonsine tables (6v-29v); star table (30r); ‘Incipit mensura ad faciendum opus organicum…’ (30va-30vb); ‘Notandum quod corpus humanum est ordinandum ad similitudinem circuli sive zodiaci…’ (31ra-32vb); ‘Scribo naturas planetarum…’ (33ra-33rb); verses on the 12 months (33va-33vb); ‘In nomine domini Ihesu volo aliquid de scientia mea exponere…’ (34ra-35vb); astronomical notes (36r); astronomical tables (36v-39v); ‘Tempus quarti aspectus Solis et Lune invenire scias quod quartus aspectus… eclipsis figuram autem facies secundum doctrinam magistri Iohannis de Lineriis, a quo scienciam meam habeo’ (40ra-43vb); astronomical tables (43vb-45v); four horoscopes, including the revolutions for 1373 and 1374 (46r); astronomical tables and notes (47r-59r); Alcabitius, Introductorius (60ra-74va); table: melothesy (74vb); circular diagram: essential dignities of the planets in each of the 12 signs (74vb); Firminus de Bellavalle, De mutatione aeris (75ra-98ra); table: geographical coordinates of cities (104rb); star table (104v-105v); ‘Astrolabium constituitur hoc modo: recipe tabulas…’ (121rb-123vb); star table, with notes (124r); Perscrutator, De impressionibus aeris (98ra-104ra); Ptolemaica (106ra-121ra); Thebit Bencora, De imaginibus (124va-126rb); Messahallah, Epistola de rebus eclipsium (126va-127rb); Alkindi, De mutatione temporum (127va-134rb); Messahallah, De cogitatione (134rb-135ra); Messahallah, Liber interpretationum, incomplete (135ra-135vb); Firminus de Bellavalle, De mutatione aeris, c. 1 (139ra-140va); planetary almanac 1374-1380 (140v-142r and 148v); Arnold of Villanova, Introductorium ad iudicia astrologie quantum pertinet ad medicinam (143ra-147va); notes of geometry (147v-148r); two horoscopes (148r); astronomical tables (149r-149v); Haly Abenragel, De iudiciis astrorum, abrupt end (150ra-185vb); on metals ‘Tempus est nunc consequenter de metallorum naturis inquirere. Post lapidum investigatam…’, end gone (186ra-192vb); Albumasar, Flores (195ra-201ra); Ptolemaica (201ra-206ra); John of Murs, Musica speculativa (207r-214r); Boethius, De arithmetica (214v-219v); Albohali, De nativitatibus, tr. Johannes Toletanus, abrupt end (220ra-225rb); Alfraganus, De scientia astrorum, tr. John of Seville, end missing (228ra-238vb); Johannes Peckham, Perspectiva communis, incomplete (239r-245r); notes and diagrams of optics (248v-249v); Dominicus de Clavasio, Practica geometrie (250ra-261vb). Blank: 46v, 59v, 136-138, 206v, 226-227, 245v-248r.

Lit. W. Schum, Beschreibendes Verzeichnis der Amplonianischen Handschriften-Sammlung zu Erfurt, Berlin, 1887, 278-281; R. Lemay, Le Kitāb at-Tamara (Liber fructus, Centiloquium) d’Abū Ja’far Aḥmad ibn Yūsuf [Ps.-Ptolémée], New York, 1999 [unpublished], I, 299-300.

106ra‑121ra

‘Centiloquium Ptolomei [upper margin, hand of the scribe]. Iam scripsi tibi, Iesure, libros de hoc quod operantur stelle in hoc hoc (!) seculo… Scientia stellarum ex te et ex illis est… Quod dixit Pto<lome>us, ex tu (!) et ex illis, quod qui res futuras scire desiderat… (106rb) Primum verbum. Mundanorum mutatio ad hoc et ad illud corporum supercelestium… Commentum. Doctrina stellarum e parte et ex illis est doctrina mea ut propter hanc formam — (120vb) Et ego Deum precor ut te diligat. Et perfecta est huius libri translatio 17 die mensis Martii, 12 die mensis Gam<er>oisi (?) anno Arabum 532. <S>telle cum caudis sunt 9 — in regibus et divitibus apparebit. Finito libro sit laus et gloria Christo. Amen. 1373° etc.’

= Pseudo-Ptolemy, Centiloquium (tr. Plato of Tivoli) (B.1.2), with the propositions also given in the ‘Mundanorum’ version (B.1.4) and in Adelard of Bath’s translation (B.1.1) (=‘threefold’ version). V. 3 is omitted altogether. The text includes Pseudo-Ptolemy’s De cometis (B.4) as the last chapter on f. 120vb-121ra. A couple of short marginal notes by the scribe (?) f. 107r-107v and 108v.

201ra‑206ra

‘Signorum alia sunt masculini generis, alia feminini, ut Taurus, Cancer — si Saturnus vel Mars, si Sol in… (?).’

= Pseudo-Ptolemy, Iudicia (B.12), abrupt end after eleven lines on f. 206ra and the rest of f. 206 is blank. No glosses.