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Work C.2.18

Adam Tussinus de Tarnovia (?)
〈Commentata epitome in Quadripartitum〉

A commented summary of Quadripartitum II-IV found in the personal notebook of Adam Tussinus de Tarnovia, known for his astrological almanacs and annual prognostications produced at the University of Cracow between 1532 and 1537. The source text is Plato of Tivoli’s translation (A.1.2), as shown by the explicit, but the author appears to have also used Egidius de Tebaldis’s translation (A.2.5), for he often refers to ‘Hali’, i.e. Haly Abenrudian, and he also copied a section of Haly’s commentary elsewhere in his notebook (pp. 239-266). The author also refers to other authorities, including Albumasar (‘Albumasar in Libro magnarum coniunctionum’, p. 31) and Agostino Nifo (‘Augustinus Niphus id ita exponit’, p. 36).


‘(Cracow, BJ, 3224) (19-76) [book ii] Liber secundus Quadrupartiti XIII c<apitula> continentes. Capitulum primum. De generali divisione scientie huius. Post dicta generalia in scientia astrorum omnibus partibus huius artis convenientia — accidentibus predictis coloribus significatis indicabunt. (83-145) [book iii] Pro habenda declaratione nativitatum regulas has ex tertio Quadripartiti Ptholomei breviter recollectas in mente habeas et habebis vera prognostica earum. In parte prohemiali Ptholomeus docet quod in principio sui Quadripartiti libri vult ponere regulas universales… (84) In casu spermatis et exitu hominis capitulum primum. Principium cuiuslibet hominis est — ad iudicia futurorum predicenda. (146-223) [book iv] Quartus liber … (?) Ptholomei et regule generales ex eo recollecte … (?). Dividitur in prohemium et — finem libro imponere non incongruum existimamus.’


G. Rosińska, Scientific Writings and Astronomical Tables in Cracow. A Census of Manuscript Sources (xivth-xvith Centuries), Wrocław-Warszawa, 1984, nos 890 and 1590; M. Markowski, Astronomica et astrologica Cracoviensia ante annum 1550, Firenze, 1990, 230. On Adam Tussinus de Tarnovia, see Markowski, Astronomica, 3-6; M. Markowski, ‘Repertorium bio-bibliographicum astronomorum Cracoviensium medii aevi: Adam Tussinus de Tarnovia – Andreas Grzymała de Posnania’, Studia Mediewistyczne 27.1 (1990), 111-163: 111-116.

Modern ed.



Cracow, BJ, 3224, s. XVI, pp. 19-76 and 83-223Images