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Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Memmingen, Stadtbibliothek, 2° 2,33

s. XV2 (1466 for f. 199r-230r, cf. f. 230rb: ‘Et est finis. Anno 1466, 3° ydiis Septembris’).


Germany (Kristeller), MS closely related to Memmingen, SB, 2° 2,34 (see).

Paper, I+258 f. only sporadically numbered in pencil, five contemporary hands (I: 1r-148v; II: 152r-198v; III: 199r-230r; IV: 231r-233r; V: 235ra-257r), painted initial f. 1r.

Astronomy and astrology: Ptolemaica (1r-148v and 152r-198v); Campanus of Novara, Theorica planetarum (199ra-230rb); astrological elections ‘De introitu balnei. Melior pars sapientum astrologorum…’ (230va-233rb); Richard of Wallingford, Tractatus albionis (235ra-257r). Blank: Ir-Iv, 149r-151v (in fact six folia only partially numbered), 233v-234v, 257v-258v.


F. S. Benjamin, G. J. Toomer, Campanus of Novara and Medieval Planetary Theory, Theorica planetarum, Madison-London, 1971, 113-114; P. O. Kristeller, Iter Italicum, III, London-Leiden, 1983, 610; P. Kunitzsch, Der Sternkatalog des Almagest. Die arabisch-mittelalterliche Tradition, II, Wiesbaden, 1990, 21; H. Zepeda, The First Latin Treatise on Ptolemy’s Astronomy: The Almagesti minor (c. 1200), Turnhout, 2018, 58.


‘Quidam princeps nomine Albuguafe quem scienciarum eleccionem et verborum nominavit… (1v) Bonum scire fuit quod sapientibus non deviantibus visum est — prolongacionem et abbreviacionem, tunc iam sequitur et omnes (?) est ut ponamus hoc fine libri. Deo gracias.’

= Ptolemy, Almagesti (tr. Gerard of Cremona) (A.1.2)

, Classes A and B mixed. Translator’s preface, 1r-1v; I, 1v-12r; II, 12r-28r; III, 28r-38v; IV, 38v-50v; V, 50v-65r; VI, 65r-79r; VII, 79r-93r; VIII,93r-101r; IX, 101r-112r; X, 112r-119r; XI, 119r-127v; XII, 128r-138r; XIII, 138r-148v. Substantial glosses by the scribe in the star catalogue (88r-96r), including precessional increment for 1354, cf. ‘Ad habendum loca stellarum fixarum ad annum 1354, adde 18 gradus, 22 minuta et 30 secunda’ (88r) and ‘Nota quod anno Christi 1354, Aldebaran fuit in Geminis 52 minuta, 30 secunda, 56 tertia’ (92r). No other glosses.


‘Omnium recte philosophancium non solum visibilibus et credibilibus argumentis tenebrarum sic se habent. Explicit liber sextus minoris Almagesti.’

= Almagesti minor (C.1.3)

. A few short marginal notes by the scribe or a similar hand.