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Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Clm 276

s. XIVmed (1351 for the Ptolemaic sections, cf. colophon f. 86vb; the same hand copied f. 76-80 in 1350; f. 148-156 were added in the 15th c.).


Germany (some texts are in German), the Ptolemaic sections were copied by one master ‘Chonradus Wernshover’ (reading uncertain), cf. colophon f. 86vb below and f. 80vb: ‘Scriptus a Ch<onrad>o W<er>nshov<er> anno 1350’.


Hartmann Schedel, who copied both Ptolemaic sections from this MS into Munich, BSB, Clm 275 (see); Munich, library of the dukes of Bavaria.

Paper (except f. 69-74 and 100 on parchment), 161 f., several hands, one of which copied f. 1-67, and another [Chonradus Wernshover] f. 75r-86v, 91v-92v, 96r, 97r-99r, 100v-111v, 113r-128r and 144r-147v.

Magic, astrology, geomancy, alchemy and medicine: Apollonius, Flores aurei (1ra-39ra); Ars notoria (39va-47va); John of Morigny, Liber visionum beate Marie (48ra-67ra); magical recipes (68r); Si quis per artem geomanticam… (69ra-73rb); chapter index of a work of geomancy ‘Capitula geomancie in 12 inquisitionibus secundum 12 domorum mansionem artis astronomie. De qualitate status. De vita hominis…’ (73rb); list of chapters of another (?) work of geomancy (73va-73vc); magical diagram (74r); Galen, De flebotomia (75ra-75vb); Galen, Secreta (76ra-80vb); Galen, De voce et anhelitu (81ra-82ra); onomancy ‘Nota de egris utrum convalescat vel moriatur…’ (82rb-82v); Ptolemaica (83ra-86vb and 86vb); Augustine of Trent, prognostication for 1340 (87ra-91rb); magical recipes (91va-92vb); ‘Geomancia est vaticinacio terrenorum et astrorum sive ex stellarum cognitione…’ (93ra-95vb); drawing of a zodiac man (95vb); two revolution horoscopes for 1340 (96r, cf. 87r-91r above); alphabets (96v); ‘Modus levandi artem geomancie est brevis et facilis…’ (97ra-99rb); fragment of a text in German (100r); notes of geomancy (100v); alchemical texts and notes, partly in German (101ra-143r); list of plants, alphabetical (144ra-147vd); Nicolaus Cusanus, prognostication for 1433 (148r-156v); list of pharmacological products (157r-157v); recipes (158ra-159va); ‘Circa mineralia Avicenne. Istius libri quatuor sunt cause sicut cuiuslibet alterius…’ (160ra-161rb). Blank: 67v, 68v, 74v, 99v, 143v.


C. Halm, G. Laubmann, Catalogus Codicum Latinorum Bibliothecae Regiae Monacensis, I.1: Clm 1-2329, München, 1868, 71-72; R. Lemay, Le Kitāb at-Tamara (Liber fructus, Centiloquium) d’Abū Ja’far Aḥmad ibn Yūsuf [Ps.-Ptolémée], New York, 1999 [unpublished], I, 350-351; D. Juste, Catalogus Codicum Astrologorum Latinorum, I: Les manuscrits astrologiques latins conservés à la Bayerische Staatsbibliothek de Munich, Paris, 2011, 64-65.


‘<D>ixit Ptolomeus: Iam scripsi tibi fore libros de hoc quod operantur stelle in hoc seculo… <S>cientia stellarum ex te et ex illis est et quanto melius quivimus exposuimus. Explicit Centiloquium Ptolomei cum commento Haly. Finitus (?) et scriptus per manus magistri Ch<onrad>i dicti W<er>nshov<er> anno domini 1351 in die decollationis Iohannis Baptiste.’

= Pseudo-Ptolemy, Centiloquium (tr. Plato of Tivoli) (B.1.2)

, except for the preface and v. 1-9, given in Plato of Tivoli’s translation (B.1.2). V. 10 is missing. The commentary is missing for v. 1-4, but blank spaces have been left for it in loco. The propositions of v. 11-100 are given in ‘Mundanorum 2’ only. No glosses, except for two lines in Hebrew f. 83r.


‘Ptolomeus dixit: Iste stelle cum caudis sunt IX in regibus et divitibus apparebit.’