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Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Milan, Biblioteca Ambrosiana, G. 70 sup.

s. XIV (for f. 65-121; f. 1-16 were copied in 1358, cf. f. 4ra; f. 17-64 are older, probably from the 13th c.).


Gian Vincenzo Pinelli (1535-1601), whose library was purchased by the Biblioteca Ambrosiana in 1608-1609.

Parchment, 121 f., composite MS made of three parts: f. 1-16, 17-64 and 65-121.

Miscellanea: questions on Aristotle’s De longitudine et brevitate vite ‘Circha librum de longitudine et brevitate vite sit primus questio utrum eidem conhabitare sint cause longe vite…’ (1ra-4ra) and De morte et vita ‘Circha librum de morte et vita primo queritur utrum calidum sit…’ (4ra-13rb); comm. on Pseudo-Aristotle’s Physiognomia ‘Quoniam autem anime sequuntur corpora…’ (13rb-16ra); Macrobius, Commentarii in somnium Scipionis (17ra-62rb); Ptolemaica (65ra-121ra). Blank: 16v, 62v-64v, 121v.


P. Revelli, I codici Ambrosiani di contenuto geografico, Milano, 1929, 84 (no. 198); A. Rivolta, Catalogo dei codici Pinelliani dell’Ambrosiana, Milano, 1933, 20-21 (no. 37); L. Thorndike, ‘Notes upon Some Medieval Astronomical, Astrological and Mathematical Manuscripts at Florence, Milan, Bologna and Venice’, Isis 50 (1959), 33-50: 40-42; A. L. Gabriel, A Summary Catalogue of Microfilms of One Thousand Scientific Manuscripts in the Ambrosiana Library, Milan, Notre Dame, 1968, 235 (no. 554); J. Agrimi, Tecnica e scienza nella cultura medievale. Inventario dei manoscritti relativi alla scienza e alla tecnica medievale (secc. XI-XV). Biblioteche di Lombardia, Firenze, 1976, 91 (no. CXI); Inventario Ceruti dei manoscritti della Biblioteca Ambrosiana, ed. A. Paredi, III, Trezzano, 1977, 565.


‘<S>cientia species habet quarum melior post scientiam sunt digniores ut evanescant et destruantur. Completa est declaratio eius. Explicit tractatus nonus et ultimus huius libri. Hunc librum transtulit in Toleto magister Girardus Cremonensis de Arabico in Latinum.’

= Geber, Liber super Almagesti (C.1.2). Preface, 65ra-66ra; I, 66ra-72vb; II, 72vb-80va; III, 80va-83va; IV, 83va-90rb; V, 90rb-100rb; VI, 100rb-108va; VII, 108va-115rb; VIII, 115rb-117vb; IX, 117vb-121ra. A few short marginal notes by the scribe.