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Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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London, British Library, Royal 12.F.VII

s. XIVin.

Or.:

England.

Prov.:

John Theyer in 1641 (f. 1r).

Parchment, 251 f., a single neat hand, six illuminated initials (f. 1r, 3r, 60r, 112r, 182v and 242v), numerous decorated initials. Several folia are missing after f. 218 and after f. 251.

Astrology and medicine: Ptolemaica (1ra-218vb); medical aphorisms (219ra-242r); Ptolemaica (242va-251vb).

Lit.

G. F. Warner, J. P. Gilson, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts in the Old Royal and King’s Collections, II: Royal MSS 12 A.I to 20 E.X and App. 1-89, London, 1921, 62-63; R. Lemay, Le Kitāb at-Tamara (Liber fructus, Centiloquium) d’Abū Ja’far Aḥmad ibn Yūsuf [Ps.-Ptolémée], New York, 1999 [unpublished], I, 345-348.

1ra‑218vb

‘Dixit Egideus de Tebaldis Lombardus de civitate Parmensi, translator hiuius libri: Scire et intelligere gloriosum est quia omnis sapientia est a Deo… (1rb) Tractatus primus glose Haly Abenrudiani super prima parte libri (1va) Quadripartiti Ptholomei Pheludiani. Dixit Haly: Verba que dixit sapientissimus Ptholomeus in arte iudiciorum astronomie… (3ra) Capitulum primum primi tractatus libri quatuor partium Ptholomei. [text] Res, Misori, quibus perficiuntur pronosticationes accepte de astronomia maiores et nobiliores sunt due. [comm.] Ptholomeus inspexit in omnibus maneriebus prognosticacionum et illas phisicorum defectivas invenit — (216rb) Capitulum decimum in partitione temporum nati… (218vb) Propter quod gubernator 10 annorum qui sunt post istas que est etas puericie et est secunda est planeta secundus qui est Mercurius dominus medietatis 20 annorum, propterea incipit natus in hac etate intelligere et rationi habere sicut rami sapientie in sua anima plantarentur et radices…’

= Ptolemy, Quadripartitum (tr. Aegidius de Tebaldis) (A.2.5). The text ends abruptly in IV.10, due to missing folia. Translator’s preface, 1ra-1rb; Haly’s preface, 1rb-3ra; I, 3ra-60ra; II, 60ra-111vb; III, 111vb-182ra; IV, 182ra-218vb. No glosses.

242va‑251vb

‘Hic est liber quem edidit Ptholomeus Pludensis in quo continentur 100 verba ex electissimis sentenciis iudiciorum astrorum, et est expositio ex commento Haly medici magni. Verbum primum. Dixit Ptho<lome>us: Iam scripsi tibi, Iesure, libros de hoc quod operantur stelle in hoc seculo… Mundanorum mutatio ad hoc et ad illud corporum supracelestium… (243ra) Scientia stellarum ex te et illis est. Astrologus non debet dicere rem specialiter sed universaliter… Dixit Ptho<lome>us, mundanorum etc., primittens quasi fundamentum tocius scientie… Quod dixit Ptho<lome>us, ex te et illis est, significat quod quis res futuras scire desiderat — [v. 43] Ea que fiunt secundum consuetudinem naturalem in secta… Res que fiunt secundum esse naturale et secundum leges… Intendit matrimonium utile fore ut presint fortune in incepto et ut coniungantur cum signatore et…’

= Pseudo-Ptolemy, Centiloquium (version ‘Mundanorum’) (B.1.4), v. 1-43, due to missing folia at the end. The text is mixed in places with Plato of Tivoli’s translation (B.1.2), including the preface at the beginning and the addition to v. 10 (f. 245ra) ‘Aliud. Et ideo excitavit nos Ptholomeus ut operaremur…’. No glosses. Three very short marginal notes by a later hand f. 243rb, 243va and 248va.