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Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, lat. 5787

s. XVex or XVIin (f. 80-217, the other parts of the MS seem to be from the 16th c.). Or.: Buda according to the colophon f. 213r (hence for f. 80-217, copied in the same hand), but this colophon might as well be that of the exemplar, with the date ‘1422’ being a likely mistranscription of ‘1477’ (cf. MS Florence, BNC, Magliabech. XI.144, f. 105v: ‘Liber terciusdecimus Epitomatis in Almagestum Ptolomei anno domini 1477 Bude explicit feliciter’). Prov.: library of the kings of France before 1744.

Paper, 469 f., composite MS made of five parts, the second of which (f. 80-217) was copied by a single hand. The other parts consist of f. 1-78, 218-227+383-429, 228-250 and 251-382+434-469.

Astronomy (f. 80-217): Ptolemaica (80r-213r); Regiomontanus, Canones astrolabii armillaris (213v-214v); Regiomontanus, ‘Organum Ptolomei cuius adminiculo longitudines ac latitudines locorum in superficie terrestri inquiruntur si recte mentem opificis augurer in hunc ferme modum componitur. Sit armilla parve quidem profunditatis…’ (215r-216v). Blank: 217. The other parts of the MS deal with history, geography and hippiatrics: Appian of Alexandria, Historia Romana (1r-78v, excerpts Bellum Hispanicum and Bellum Hannibalicum); geography ‘Gratissime pater, cum circa descriptionem demonstrationesque universalis cosmographie…’ (218r-227v and 383r-429r, end gone); fragment of a treatise of hippiatrics (228r-246v); tables and text of geography (251r-381v and 434r-469v). Blank: 66v, 79, 217, 247-250, 382, 429v-433v (except fragment of a table f. 431r).

Lit.Catalogus codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Regiae, III: Cod. Latini 4794-7225, Paris, 1744, 157.

80r‑213r

‘Reverendissimo in Christo patri ac domino Bessarioni episcopo Tusculano, sancte Romane eclesie cardinali, patriarche Constantinopolitano, Iohannes Germanus de Regio Monte se offert devotissimum. <A>dmiranti mihi sepenumero vel pocius graviter et inique serenti tam raros esse etate nostra optimarum... (82r) <R>ecte profecto meo iudicio nobiliores philozophi, o Sire, distinxerunt inter theoricam philosophie et practicam partem — Quod postremo hoc in theoreumate explorare et cepto labori modum statuere decrevimus. Finis Epitomatis in Almagestum Ptolomei anno 1422 (!) Bude.’

= Regiomontanus, Epitome Almagesti (C.1.21). Preface, 80r-81v; I, 82r-92v; II, 92v-102v; III, 102v-114r; IV, 114r-122r; V, 122r-136v; VI, 136v-150r; VII, 150r-155v; VIII, 156r-163r; IX, 163v-175r; X, 175v-184v; XI, 184v-194r; XII, 194v-201r; XIII, 201r-213r. A few short marginal notes by the scribe, f. 88v, 89r, 90v, 101v, 111r, 112v, 113r, 118v, 119v, 123v, 127v, 138v, 148r, 161r, 167r, 172v, 176v, 188r, 188v, 195v, 206v.