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Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Vatican, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Pal. lat. 1446

s. XIV2 (for f. 58-129, copied in 1372, cf. f. 105v: ‘In hoc libro florum Albumasar finite anno 1372°, feria tertia post Urbani’ and 126v: ‘Finitus est liber iste anno domini 1°3°7°2°, feria quarta, crastino Vite…’; f. 1-57 date from the 15th c.).

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Germany.

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Petrus Diel of Alzey (cf. f. 1r), rector of the University of Heidelberg in 1514-1515; Heidelberg, university library (?); Heidelberg, Bibliotheca Palatina; Vatican library in 1623.

Parchment and paper (f. 1-57) and paper (f. 58-129), 129 f. Composite MS made of two parts: I, f. 1-57, several hands; II, f. 58-129, a single hand.

Astrology and astronomy: Alchandreana ‘Accipiat nomen suum maternumque et fatale non illatum…’ (1r-20r); onomancy ‘Recipe nomen matris et nomen cuiusvis…’ (21r); notes ‘De nono domo secundum quod est domus… ‘ (21r); ‘Qui natus fuerit in signo Aquarii erit honoratus…’ (22r-30r); ‘Qui natus fuerit in signo Arietis vigiles erunt (!) et peregrini…’ (30v-31r); geomantic figures (31v); ‘Quando Sol intrat Arietem in die sancti Gregorii kal. Apprilis (!) sicud aer est die precedente…’ (32r); ‘Item si scire desideras in quo anni mense erit bonorum caristia…’, partly in German (32v-33v); planetary tables starting in 1340 ‘perfectus’ (36r-47v); other planetary tables (49r-56r); ‘De planetarum amicitia et inimicitia. Iupiter diliget per omnes planetas et est amicus…’ (58r); Liber Arzachelis introductorius ad librum iudiciorum Arabum, abrupt end (58r-65r); ‘Cum per signa data membris vaga Luna vagatur… (65v); ‘Primus domus est cuius initium oritur vel ascendit in oriente…’ (66r-67r); tables and notes on exaltations, signs, terms, degrees, aspects etc. (68r-69v); ‘Quid planete operentur in conceptione puerorum videamus. Primus mensis conceptionis Saturni, secundus Iovis…’ (70r-72r); ‘De Saturni complexione et significatione. Et dixit Messehalla quod omnes ei iunguntur et ipse nulli et ipse fidem Iudaycam et indumenta nigra…’ (72r-73v); ‘Incipit de domibus accidentalibus circuli et quid in eis planete in questione nati. Collectio verborum in iudicium secundum Habuelo. Aspice unamquamque domorum et que fortunarum… Explicit compedium Albumasar in quo capitula continentur que oblata sunt Almaeon regi Sarracenorum a magno astrologo Toletano Abrahe Iudei filio’ (74r-80r); ‘Causam mortis accipe ab ascendente et eius domo…’ (80r-80v); ‘De corpore humano. Saturnus aurem dextram, splenem, vesicam…’ (81r-81v); ‘De planetarum domibus et ceteris accidentalibus circuli. Incipit tractatus Alkabicii. Circulus figuratur omni hora…’ (82r-85r); ‘Interrogatus an consequatur substantiam quam cupit et sperat…’ (86r-88v); geographical coordinates of cities (88v); ‘Lucentes in Ursa Minore sunt ex natura Saturni et Veneris… Finis huius Alkabicii tractatus’ (89r-89v); Albumasar, Flores (90r-103r, with explicit after Gergis’s text f. 105v); Gergis, De significatione septem planetarum in domibus (103r-105v); Messahallah, Liber receptionis, preface and c. 1-7 ‘Secretorum iudiciorum liber Messehalach incipit hic. Exposuitque eum quidam et patefecit in omnibus quibus indigent…’ (106r-110v); ‘Significator intentionum et cogitationum erit ille secundum Ptolomeum cui merguntur plures fortitudines…’ (110v-111r); Ptolemaica (111r-111v); ‘Aries habet caput, faciem, pupillam et intestinam… ‘ (111v); Messahallah, Liber receptionis, c. 12 and 8 ‘Interrogatio cuiusdam ducis quem preposuit rex Affrice…’ (111v-114r); notes ‘Nota. Dixit Hermes quo Lune locus in hora qua infunditur sperma…’ (114r-114v – only the first lines correspond to Pseudo-Ptolemy’s Dixerunt Ptholomeus et Hermes quod locus Lune… (B.10)); tables: dignities of the planets in the 12 signs (114v-116v); astrological tables and notes (117r-118r); Alchandreana ‘De stellis fixis. Alnatha, prima scilicet parte Arietis que est, et 3 habet stellas…’ (118v-120r); ‘Arietis fortuna est in milicia et serviciis aliorum…’ (120r-120v); elections from the aspects of the Moon with the other planets ‘Sol cum sextilis est a Luna dies fortunata ad loquendum regibus…’ (120v-121r); ‘Scito quod visiones dividuntur in 3 partes…’ (121r-121v); ‘Aries est signum mobile, calidum et de signis bonis et equalibus…’ (121v-125r); ‘Mansiones Lune alie sunt temperate, alie sicce, alie humide…’ (125r-125v); Excerptum de astrologia Arati (126r-126v); notes on fixed stars (127v). Blank: 21v, 34-35, 48 (except added notes f. 48v), 56v-57, 67v, 127r, 128-129 (except scattered notes f. 129v).

Lit.

Inventarium manuscriptorum Latinorum Bibliothecae Palatinae (handwritten catalogue), 507; L. Schuba, Die Quadriviums-Handschriften der Codices Palatini Latini in der Vatikanischen Bibliothek, Wiesbaden, 1992, 253-257.

111r‑111v

‘De occultis seu sepultis. <P>tolomeus dixit: Si aspexerit significator ascendens erit genus rei occulte — et ita de reliquis domibus.’