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Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Cracow, Biblioteka Jagiellońska, 793

s. XV2 (f. 107v-109v copied in 1459, cf. f. 109v: ‘Explicit astronomia Ipocratis medicorum principis 1459’; the watermarks point to 1457-1470 for the whole MS, see Kowalczyk, 135).

Or.:

University of Cracow, possibly copied under the supervision of Petrus Gaszowiek, dean of the faculty of medicine in 1459 and 1462 (see Kowalczyk, 136; Láng, 251-252).

Paper, 199 f., several hands.

Astrology, astral magic, divination and natural philosophy: Albubater, De nativitatibus, beginning gone due to one missing folio (1r-33v); ‘Alter tractatus multum utilis de nativitatibus. Doctrinam nativitatum que est ars docens contingentia nati ab eo tempore quo…’ (33v-42r); Guillelmus Anglicus, De urina non visa (44r-46r); ‘Si in principio egritudinis hora in qua ponit se in lecto…’ (46v-47v); Alkindi (?), Saturnus in Ariete sub radiis…, attr. ‘Hali’ (47v-48v); ‘Nunc de potestate planetarum tractare incipiamus et signorum, et prius de formis signorum…’ (48v-50r); ‘Qui cursum Lune recte scire desiderat, sciat primo quomodo…’ (50r-51r); ‘De signis conversivis mobilibus. Signa tropica sunt quatuor…’ (51r-51v); ‘Capitulum de naturis et numero planetarum. Quousque de 12 partibus celi compendiose…’ (51v-52r); ‘De quadam divisione signorum. Ex ipsis 12 signis, ut conveniens astrologorum autoritas…’ (52r-53r); Albumasar, De electionibus liber, incomplete (53v-59r); ‘Figura Saturni quadrata est super tria multiplicata per tria…’ (60r-61r); Thebit Bencora, De imaginibus (61r-63r); ‘De Leonis sigillo mirabilium proprietatum. Ego Albertus commentator in omni experientia expertus…’ (63r-63v); ‘Hermes Trimegistus commemorat in libro suo de ymaginibus quod sic fit ad calculum. Recipe aurum purum et fac sigillum…’ (63v); ‘Questiones artis geomancie. De brevi vita vel longa. 1. Geboa…’ (63v-73v); Prognostica Socratis Basilei (73v-81r); Sortes Albedaci (81r-85v); sphere of Apuleius/Pythagoras (86r-86v); Sortes regis Amalrici (87v-103v); tables of equations of houses for latitude 50° (105r-106v); Astronomia Ypocratis, tr. William of Moerbeke (107v-109v); Alkindi, De mutatione temporum (109v-115v); ‘Nota quod pars pluvie seu dispositio diei…’ (115v); table of lunar mansions (116r-116v); Petrus Gaszowiec, De mutatione aeris, incomplete (116v-120v); ‘De nonnullis experimentis iocosis item sequitur veris. Et primo si vis habere scripturam in aliqua corporis parte…’ (121v); Johannes de Rupescissa, De consideratione quinte essentie (127r-138r); ‘De aqua ardenti generaliter sequitur. Item aqua ardens solet vocari aqua vitis vel aqua viva…’ (138r); Ptolemaica (139r-139v); Azareus, De lapidibus, attr. Ptolemy: ‘Incipit Ptholomei de lapidibus et sigillis. Regi Ptholomeo rex Azareus de lapidibus… Hec etiam sunt de Ptholomeo extracta’ (139v-140v); ‘Ad mollificandum lapides ita ut quasi cera…’ (140v); Thebit Bencora, De imaginibus (140v-143v); Pseudo-Albertus Magnus, Liber aggregationis, incomplete (143v-148v); Hermes, Centiloquium (149r-151r); Bethen, Centiloquium (151r-152v); Leopold of Austria, De astrorum scientia, excerpt from Book VI ‘De mutatione aeris. De mutatione aeris prescire intendens…’ (153r); ‘Sequitur alius tractatus. Partes signorum humide sunt finis Arietis et principium Tauri…’ (153r-154r); ‘Sequitur alius tractatus. Sentencia libri iudicorum quem dixit Massalach inventum esse inter thezaurum regum…’ (154r-154v); ‘Qualiter pestilentia nascitur ex intemperantia planetarum. Pestilentia nascitur in aere vel siccitate…’ (154v-155r); Petrus Gaszowiec, De mutatione aeris, excerpt (155r-156r); Robert Grosseteste, De impressionibus aeris, excerpt (156r-156v); Messahallah, De revolutionibus annorum mundi, incomplete (157r-158r); Raymond of Marseilles, Liber iudiciorum, excerpt ‘Sequitur aliud. Si quis a te percunctari volens ingressus fuerit hora Solis prima tertia, scias quuod agere tecum…’ (158r-158v); ‘Si noscere volueris ex parte planetarum quid aliquid clausum in manu sua fert…’ (158v); ‘Sequitur de coniunctionibus. Notandum quod duplex est coniunctio planetarum…’ (158v-160r); ‘Aries est signum mobile. Cum Luna fuerit in eo, est bonum se muttare (!) de loco ad locum…’ (160r-161r); ‘Qui cursum planetarum scire voluerit sciat primitus quando Sol per signa vadit…’ (165r-167v); ‘Hic tractatus est de quatuor complexionibus hominum omnium in mundo existentium…’ (167v-169v); Picatrix, I-II.11 (171r-197r). Blank: 42v-43v, 59v, 87r, 104, 107r, 121r, 122-126, 138v, 161v-164v, 170, 197v-199v.

Lit.

G. Rosińska, Scientific Writings and Astronomical Tables in Cracow. A Census of Manuscripts Sources (xivth-xvith Centuries), Wrocław-Warszawa, 1984, 554 (index); D. Pingree, Picatrix. The Latin Version of the Ghāyat Al-Ḥakīm, London, 1986, xvii; M. Markowski, Astronomica et astrologica Cracoviensia ante annum 1550, Firenze, 1990, 299; M. Kowalczyk et al., Catalogus codicum manuscriptorum medii aevi latinorum qui in Bibliotheca Jagellonica Cracoviae asservantur, VI: Numeros continens inde a 772 usque ad 1190, Wrocław, 1996, 120-137; B. Láng, Unlocked Books. Manuscripts of Learned Magic in the Medieval Libraries of Central Europe, University Park [Pennsylvania], 2008, 251-252 and 320-322; L. Moulinier-Brogi, Guillaume l’Anglais, le frondeur de l’uroscopie médiévale (XIIIe siècle), Genève, 2011, 209-210.

139r‑139v

‘Incipiunt aliqua extracta de imaginibus Ptholomei per duodecim signa zodiaci. Dixit Abilzabezben Felix: Omnes orientales operabuntur per has II imagines — animo caute procedere ne fides violetur.’

= Pseudo-Ptolemy, De imaginibus super facies signorum (B.5), selection of 12 chapters. No glosses.