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Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Jena, Thüringer Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek, 4 Phil. X.12

s. XVIin.

Or.:

copied by Johann Volmar (d. 1536).

Prov.:

Volmar bequeathed his MSS to Johann Friedrich I, Elector of Saxony (1532-1554), in 1536.

Paper, 197 f., a single hand [Johann Volmar] alternating with three printed texts (f. 2r-48v, 82r-103v and 104r-121v) which are themselves heavily glossed by Volmar.

Astronomy, astrology, geography and various: Hyginus Mythographus, De mundi et sphaerae ac utriusque partium declaratione cum planetis et variis signis historiatis (2r-48v, printed text from ed. Venice 1502); astronomical and astrological notes ‘Circulus positionis est unus ex circulis magnis…’ (49r-51r); Johannes Stöffler and Jacob Pflaum, Almanach nova (51r-67r, continued f. 78v-80r); various astrological notes, mainly on the planets and the signs ‘Cum tibi offeretur aliqua virtutis figura numquam iudicium facias…’ (67v-78v); sauf Johannes Stöffler and Jacob Pflaum, Almanach nova (78v-80r, see f. 51r-67r above); astronomical and astrological notes ‘Canon  ad erigendum figuram celi per tabulas directionum. Gradum Solis cum minutis…’ (80v-81v); Bartholomaeus Coloniensis, Epistola mythologica (82r-103v, printed text from ed. Venice 1503); Filippo Beroaldo, De felicitate (104r-121v, printed text from ed. Bologna 1502); Ptolemaica (122r-164r); George of Trebizond, Liber de antisciis (164r-166v); various notes of astrology and astronomy ‘De mansionibus Lune in signis. Indi dixerunt totum zodiacum in 28 partes…’ (167r-173v); medical recipes (174r-175r); notes of geography ‘Hec quatuor cosmographia, geographia, topographia et corrographia sic dicunt…’ (175v); ‘In Cosmographiam Ptolomei introductorium. De circulis spere celestis caput I…’ (176r-191v); recipes in German (192r-195r); added notes by another hand (196v). Blank: 195v, 196r, 197 (except for added notes f. 197v).

Lit.

J. Ott, Die Handschriften der Thüringer Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Jena, III: Die mittelalterlichen französischen Handschriften der Electoralis-Gruppe; mittelalterliche Handschriften weiterer Signaturreihen (Abschluss), Wiesbaden, 2016, 138-145.

122r‑164r

‘Librum Claudii Ptolomei michi Alfonse rex inclite traductum quem vulgo Centiloquium ipse fructum appellat… (122v) Liber Claudii Pto<lomei> qui vocatur fructus ad illustrissimum Alphonsum regem Aragonum et utriusque Sicilie a Georgio Trapezuntio ex Greco in Latinum versus. Iam pridem perutiles ad previdendum operationes stellarum, o Syre, quas in hoc composito efficiunt… Georgii Trapezuntii in aphorismos libri fructus Pto<lomei> commentarii. Libellus hic quem de Greco traductum nomini tuo dedicavimus, illustrissime rex… (123v) Abs te et a scientia, non est enim possibile ut huius scientie professor particulares rerum ideas prevideat… Abs te, inquit, hoc est a quadam insita vi animi et ingenio — ut sicut raro apparent, sic inconsueta significare videantur.’

= Pseudo-Ptolemy, Centiloquium (tr. George of Trebizond) (B.1.7). George of Trebizond’s preface, 122r-122v; author’s preface, 122v; commentary on author’s preface, 122v-123v; text and commentary in alternating sequence, 123v-164r. A few glosses by the scribe f. 123v, 133r, 136v, 137r, 138r, 138v, 146v and 147v.