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Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, lat. 7295

s. XV1.

Or.:

Burgundy, probably Dijon, MS copied for the most part by Henri Arnaut de Zwolle (d. 1466), physician and astrologer to Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy.

Prov.:

Jean Le Fevre (d. 1565), secretary of Cardinal of Givry Claude de Longwy (cf. long note in his hand f. 1r, ed. Le Cerf/Labande, vii-viii); other owners (cf. Le Cerf/Labande, xi); Colbert; library of the kings of France in 1732.

Paper, 143 f. (foliated up to 64 in Roman numerals), two main hands: I, f. 1-18r; II [Henri Arnaut de Zwolle], f. 18v-142v, except for additions by three different 15th-c. hands on f. 111r, 123v-124r, 127 and 132v-135r.

Astronomical and musical instruments: John of Ligneres, Saphea ‘Descriptiones que sunt in facie instrumenti…’ (2r-14r); Franco de Polonia, Tractatus de turketo (14r-18r); drawings of John of Ligneres’s saphea (18v-19r) and of an astrolabe (19v); Jean Fusoris, Equatorium (21r-46v); fragment of astronomical tables, added folio (46bisr-46bisv); solar tables for latitudes 50° and 47° (47r-47v); Henri Arnaut de Zwolle (?), treatise on an astronomical clock ‘Pro motu octave spere secundum quem auges planetarum…’ (48r-72r), with drawings (72v-76r); Ptolemaica (77r-77v); drawing of an astronomical clock with notes, added folio (77bisr-77bisv); ‘Composicio instrumenti directorii significatoris. Accipe tabulam planam super cuius extremitatem fiat circulus…’ (78r-78v); astronomical diagrams and notes (79r-84v); astronomical tables and diagrams (85v-90v), including a table for 1424-1427 (85v-89r); astronomical notes and drawings (91r-97v); Jacques de Liège, Speculum musice, excerpt attr. John of Murs (99r-110v); added notes on musical intervals (111ra-111rb); added tables (123v-124r); added notes and drawings (127r-127v); Henri Arnaut de Zwolle, drawings and notes related to the construction of musical instruments (127r-132r); added tables and notes (132v-135r); drawings and notes related to the construction of machines (137r-141r); ‘Incipit liber Philonis de ingeniis aquarum. In nomine Dei pii et misericordis…’, incomplete (141v-142v). Blank: 1v, 20, 76v, 85r, 98, 111v-123r, 124v-126v, 135v-136v, 143.

Lit.

Catalogus codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Regiae, IV: Cod. Latini 7226-8822, Paris, 1744, 336-337; H. Omont, ‘Maître Arnault, astrologue de Charles VI et des ducs de Bourgogne’, Bibliothèque de l’École des Chartes 42 (1881), 127-128; G. Le Cerf, E.-R. Labande, Les traités d’Henri-Arnaut de Zwolle et de divers anonymes (ms. B.N. latin 7295), Paris, 1932, 2 vols, I, vii-xi and passim; E. Poulle, Un constructeur d’instruments astronomiques au XVe siècle. Jean Fusoris, Paris, 1963, 200-205; H. Zepeda, The First Latin Treatise on Ptolemy’s Astronomy: The Almagesti minor (c. 1200), Turnhout, 2018, 73.

77r‑77v

‘Opus armillarum Ptolomei capitulo primo disctionis quinte Almagesti. Querantur primo due armille convenientis mensure — vicinior vero est consideracio. Composicio instrumenti declinacionis Solis. Opus instrumenti declinacionis Solis. Sume laterem ligneum vel lapideum — si Sol umbram in omni meridie circa utrumque maxime solsticium observaveris.’

= Almagesti minor (C.1.3), excerpts from V.1 and I.15 (on instruments). No glosses.