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Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Wroclaw, Zakład Narodowy im. Ossolińskich (Ossolineum), 764

s. XVI1 (part V, which includes the Ptolemaic section, was copied in the 1530s, cf. the dates 1531 on f. 269v, 1535 on f. 277r and 1532 on f. 278r; the rest of the MS dates from the beginning of the 16th c. to the first half of the 17th c.).

Or.:

part V was copied by Michael de Wiślica (fl. 1523-1537), professor of astrology at the University of Cracow, as recognised by Jan Brożek (see Prov.), who wrote his name at the beginning and at the end of the section concerned: ‘M<agistri> Michaelis Wisliciensis astrologi peritissimi’ (f. 179r) and ‘Hactenus m<agistri> Michaelis Wisliciensis scripta’ (f. 337v)’. The other parts of the MS were copied by other graduates and masters of the University of Cracow: Nicolaus de Wieliczka for part I, cf. f. 37r: ‘Et sunt scripti per me Nicolaum de Wyeliezka, arcium liberalium baccalarium, finitique die Iovis, XIII mensis Novembris anno Christi 1511’ and f. 89r: ‘et sunt scripte per me Nicolaum de Wyeliezka, arcium liberalium baccalarium, finiteque die Saturni, XXVIII mensis Februarii anno Christi 1512’; Jan Brożek for part II (see Prov.); and Valentinus Arnoldus Philomatis (fl. 1525-1555) for part VI. The other parts are anonymous.

Prov.:

Jan Brożek assembled the various parts of this volume in 1616 for the use of the ordinary professor of astrology of the University of Cracow and indicated the authors’ names when he could identify them, as he explains f. 96v: ‘Varia quae sequuntur scripta m<agister> Ioannes Broscius Curzeloviensis, ordinarius astrologus, collegit et ligari simul curavit in usum ordinarii astrologiae professoris, annotatis eorum authoribus quos scire potuit. Anno 1616, 5 Maii’; Lwόw [Lviv]; transferred to Wroclaw after WWII.

Paper, 448 f., composite MS made of six parts, each copied by a single hand, except for part IV, copied by at least three hands: I, f. 1-93 and 425-448; II, f. 96-110; III, f. 111-164; IV, f. 165-178; V, f. 179-337; VI, f. 338-420.

Astrology (part V): ‘Praefatio. Miraberis fortasse, optime lector, prognosticon hoc a me editum…’ (179v-194r); Ptolemaica (196r-218v); Agostino Nifo, De decretoriorum dierum causis libellus (219r-222v); Agostino Nifo, De pronosticis (223r-225r); Agostino Nifo, De medicamentorum electionibus (225v-226r); Agostino Nifo, De calamitatum nostrarum causis (229r-258r); Michael de Wiślica, notes and drafts of various texts and letters (263r-302r); Tractatus de scientia nativitatum attr. Ptolemy ‘Libellus brevis et utilis de nativitatibus ex quadripartita doctrina sapientis Ptholomei excerptus. Scientia nativitatum ex que ex figura nativitatis veris sibi et suis eventus futuros pronosticat. Habita enim figuratione celi…’ (303r-336r). The other parts of the MS contain Johannes de Glogau, Canones tabularum directionum (2r-37r), with addendum (37v-38v); Johannes de Glogau, Summa astrologie, Book III (40r-89r); Johannes de Glogau, Tractatus de nativitatibus (89v-93r); solar and lunar tables ‘ad annum 1627 et sequentes’, incomplete (97r-110v); Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim, De occulta philosophia, Books I-II (111r-164r); texts on comets ‘Cometes de natura elementari existens…’ (165r-178v); Albohali, De nativitatibus, tr. Johannes Toletanus (339r-379r); anthology ‘Ordo Arabicae astrologiae. De thesauro et occultis ex Dorotheo. Dixit Dorotheus: Cum interrogatus fueris de thesauro vel de aliqua re occulta…’ (379v-420v); ‘Canon de duodecim domibus celi erigendis…’ (425r-425v); ‘In questionibus astrologicis quamvis sit varia consideratio, hec tamen est generalis et plus sequitur viam naturalem. Canon primus de cautesis in questionibus secundum Gwidonem Bonati…’ (426r-432r); Johannes de Glogau, Tractatus de nativitatibus, incomplete (433r-435v); Blank: 39, 93v-96v (except for added notes f. 96v), 164v, 194v, 195 (except notes), 226v-228v, 258v-262v, 274-275, 285, 293, 294v-295v, 302v, 421-424.

Lit.

W. Kętrzyński, Catalogus codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Ossolinianae Leopoliensis, III, Lwόw, 1898, 244-246; J. Monfasani, Collectanea Trapezuntiana: Texts, Documents, and Bibliographies of George of Trebizond, Binghamton (NY), 1984, 77-78; G. Rosińska, Scientific Writings and Astronomical Tables in Cracow. A Census of Manuscripts Sources (xivth-xvith Centuries), Wrocław-Warszawa, 1984, 557 (index); P. O. Kristeller, Iter Italicum, IV, London-Leiden, 1989, 440; M. Markowski, Astronomica et astrologica Cracoviensia ante annum 1550, Firenze, 1990, 322.

196r‑218v

‘Liber Claudii Ptholomei qui vocatur fructus ad illustrissimum Alfonsum regem Arragonum et utriusque Sicilie a Georgio Trapenzuncio ex Greco in Latinum versus. Afforismus primus. Abs te et a sciencia nature stellarum precognitio fit, non enim est possibile ut huius sciencie professor particulares rerum ideas prevideat — ut sicut raro apparent, sic inconsueta significare videantur.’

= Pseudo-Ptolemy, Centiloquium (tr. George of Trebizond) (B.1.7), without the prefaces and with text and commentary in alternating sequence. The organisation of the text is particularly chaotic, the commentary being copied in smaller script between the lines and in the margins, and mixed together with glosses, all in the hand of the scribe (Michael de Wiślica).