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Work A.2.12

Ptolemy
Quadripartitum (tr. Valentin Nabod)

Text ‘(Milan, BA, A. 71 inf.) Quoniam vero summam totius operis praecognovisse multum instest ideo attexam hic argumentum breve seu periodum horum quatuor Ptholoemei librorum de effectibus siderum — Sequuntur ergo libri primi capitula.’

Text ‘(London, BL, Sloane 216) (1v) Valentini Naibodae mathematici praeclarissimi in Claudii Ptolemaei Quadripartitae constructionis apotelesmata commentarius novus et eiusdem conversio nova. (2r-13v) [book i] [text] Prooemium deest. Quod futurorum per astronomiam praecognitio sit quaedam ars et quousque progrediatur. Caput primum. Facile patescit, breviterque perspicuum fieri potest omnibus quod de aeterea et externa natura vis quaedam diffundatur… (4r) [comm.] In caput primum comment<arius>. Vult ostendere Ptolomaeus in hoc capite caeli in subiectam materiam… (14r-91v) [book ii] [text] Valentini Naibodae mathematici praeclarissimi in Claudii Ptolemaei Quadripartitae constructionis apotelesmaticum secundum commentarius novus et conversio eiusdem nova. Prooemium. Cap. I. Artis igitur elementorum tanquam per tabellas expositorum… (14v) [comm.] In caput primum commentaria. Artis igitur elementorum tanquam per tabellas expositorum: Praedictum est totum opus distribui in principia rerum… (92r-263v) [book iii] [text] Valentini Naibodae mathematici praeclarissimi in Claudii Ptolemaei Quadripartitae constructionis apotelesmaticum tertium commentarius novus et eiusdem conversio nova. Caput primum quo est prooemium. Postquam in superioribus explicata est a nobis casuum universitati evenientium theoria… (92v) [comm.] In caput primum commentarius. Postquam in superioribus explicata est a nobis: (93r) Hoc est voluminis tertii prooemium continens doctrina… (264r-377v) [book iv] [text] Valentini Naibodae mathematici praeclarissimi in Claudii Ptolemaei Quadripartitae constructionis apotelesmaticum quartum commentarius novus et eiusdem conversio nova. Caput primum quo est prooemium. Quaecunque de utrisque et quae genituram praecedunt et quae eidem adiunguntur cognosci poterant… (264v) [comm.] Valentini Naibodae in caput primum commentaria. Quaecunque de utrisque et quae genituram praecedunt et quae: Hoc primum caput solam habet et ex se claram — Itaque hic et in hoc termino noster quoque interpretandi commentadique labor finem iam accipiat.’

Content The translation is accompanied by an extensive commentary.

Origin Translated from Greek by Valentin Nabod (1527-1593), professor of mathematics at the University of Cologne. The translation was made after 1555 and perhaps in 1574, as suggested by a ‘Canonion revolutionum ab anno 1574’ (London, BL, Sloane 216, f. 357r). The introduction is extant in Milan, BA, A. 71 inf. and most of the rest, except the introduction and several chapters of Book I, in London, BL, Sloane 216. Ghent, UB, 345 contains only III.10-11 with Giovanni Antonio Magini’s additions, as published by Magini in 1607 (see below). In 1560, Nabod published a work, where he also discusses Ptolemy, namely his Enarratio elementorum astrologiae, in qua praeter Alcabicii, qui Arabum doctrinam compendio prodidit, expositionem, atque cum Ptolemaei principiis collationem, reiectis sortilegiis et absurdis vulgoque receptis opinionibus, de verae artis praeceptorum origine et usu satis disseritur in celeberrima Coloniensi Academia studiosis philosophiae proposita (Cologne, apud haeredes Arnoldi Birckmanni, 1560).

Bibl. L. Thorndike, A History of Magic and Experimental Science, VI, New York, 1941, 120-122; J. D. North, Horoscopes and History, London, 1986, 42-43; L. Bellizia, ‘Valentin Naboth. Matematico, astronomo, astrologo’, Bruniana & Campanelliana 20 (2014), 645-653: 649.

Ed. --- two chapters (III.10-11) were printed by Magini in 1607, at the end of his De astrologia ratione.

MSS

Ghent, UB, 345 (386), s. XVII, pp. 1-171

London, BL, Sloane 216, s. XVI-XVII, f. 1v-377vImages

Milan, BA, A. 71 inf., s. XVI, f. 89r-94r

Naples, BN, VIII C 39, s. XVI-XVII, f. 1r-164v

Naples, BN, VIII C 51, s. XVI-XVII, f. 1r-233r

Naples, BN, VIII C 52, s. XVI-XVII, f. 1r-133r

―, Boncompagni, 469, s. XVII, f. 1-182 + 1-146

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