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Arabus et Latinus

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Work B.4

De imaginibus super facies signorum

Text ‘(ed. Boudet) Liber Ptholomei de ymaginibus super facies signorum. Opus ymaginum Ptholomei et est omnibus modis proprior et veracior in probatione quoniam eius effectus constitutus est super faciem signorum 12. Dixit Alburabeth Benfeliz quod omnes orientales operabantur per has ymagines… De Ariete. Cum volueris ligare latrones ut non intrent domum, figurabis ymaginem viri ex ere  — et impetrabis ab eo quod animus tuus desiderat. Explicit liber Ptholomei de ymaginibus super facies signorum.’

Content 46 chapters on the making and uses of talismans associated to the 36 decans.

Origin Translated from Arabic perhaps by John of Seville. The opening paragraphs (without the introductory paragraph) have been recently discovered in two Judaeo-Arabic fragments in the Cairo Genizah in Cambridge University Library (see G. Bohak, C. Burnett, ‘A Judaeo-Arabic Version…’). The text is attributed to Albumasar in Erlangen, UB, 434 (‘Incipiunt ymagines Albumasarum. Ymagines Albumasar quibus omnes orientales operantur…’).

Bibl. W. Gundel, Dekane und Dekansternbilder. Ein Beitrag zur Geschichte der Sternbilder der Kulturvölker, Glückstadt-Hamburg, 1936, 394-401; F. J. Carmody, Arabic Astronomical and Astrological Sciences in Latin Translation. A Critical Bibliography, Berkeley-Los Angeles, 1956, 20 (nos. 28-29); L. Thorndike, ‘Traditional Medieval Tracts Concerning Engraved Astrological Images’, in Mélanges Auguste Pelzer, Louvain, 1947, 217-273: 256-259; F. Sezgin, Geschichte des arabischen Schrifttums, VII: Astrologie-Meteorologie und Verwandtes, Leiden, 1979, VII, 47 (no. 12); D. Pingree, ‘The Diffusion of Arabic Magical Texts in Western Europe’, in La diffusione delle scienze islamiche nel Medio Evo Europeo (Roma, 2-4 ottobre 1984), Roma, 1987, 57-102: 75-76; D. Pingree, ‘Learned Magic in the Time of Frederick II’, in Le scienze alla corte di Federico II. Sciences at the Court of Frederick II [Micrologus II], Turnhout, 1994, 39-56: 44; N. Weill-Parot, Les « images astrologiques » au Moyen Age et à la Renaissance. Spéculations intellectuelles et pratiques magiques (XIIe-XVe siècles), Paris, 2002, 77-79; J.-P. Boudet, ‘Un traité de magie astrale arabo-latin: Le Liber de imaginibus du Pseudo-Ptolémée’, in Natura, scienze e societa medievali. Studi in onore di Agostino Paravicini Bagliani, eds C. Leonardi, F. Santi, Firenze, 2008, 17-35; C. Burnett, G. Bohak, ‘A Judaeo-Arabic Version of Ṯābit ibn Qurra’s De Imaginibus and Pseudo-Ptolemy’s Opus Imaginum, in Islamic Philosophy, Science, Culture and Religion. Studies in Honor of Dimitri Gutas, eds. F. Opwis, D. Reisman, Leiden-Boston, 2012, 179-200; D. Juste, ‘The Impact of Arabic Sources on European Astrology: Some Facts and Numbers’, Micrologus 24 (2016), 173-194: 193 (n. 49).

Ed. Boudet, ‘Un traité de magie astrale…’, 26-35 (from Paris, BnF, lat. 16204, with variants of Florence, BML, Plut. 30.29, and Florence, BNC, II.III.214).


Cambridge, UL, Gg 6.3 (1572), s. XIV, f. 213r

Copenhagen, KB, Gl. kgl. S. 3499 8vo, s. XV, f. 96r-102v

Cracow, BJ, 793, s. XV, f. 139r-139v

Edinburgh, RO, Crawford Collection Cr. 3.29, s. XIV, f. 2ra-3ra

Erlangen, UB, 434 (264), s. XIV, f. 149rb-150rb

Florence, BML, Plut. 30.29, s. XIII, f. 61va-63ra

Florence, BML, Plut. 89 sup. 38, s. XV, f. 9r-17r

Florence, BNC, II.III.214, s. XV, f. 4v-8r

Ghent, UB, 5 (416), s. XV, f. 22r-24r

Leiden, UB, Voss. Chymici Q.27, s. XVI, f. 110r-114v

London, BL, Harley 80, s. XIV, f. 76v-77v

London, BL, Sloane 3883, s. XVII, f. 93v

London, SAL, 39, s. XV, f. 23r-24r

Munich, BSB, Clm 59, s. XV, f. 240vb-242vb

Oxford, BL, Ashmole 346, s. XV-XVI, f. 118r-119r

Oxford, BL, Bodley 463, s. XIV, f. 77va

Oxford, BL, Digby 37, s. XIV, f. 43r-45v

Paris, BnF, lat. 7272, s. XIV, f. 171va-172va

Paris, BnF, lat. 7282, s. XV, f. 31va-33ra

Paris, BnF, lat. 7337, s. XV, pp. 41b-45a

Paris, BnF, lat. 16204, s. XIII, pp. 539b-543aImages

Vatican, BAV, Pal. lat. 1354, s. XV, f. 58v-59v

Vatican, BAV, Reg. lat. 1452, s. XIV, f. 78va-79va

Vatican, BAV, Vat. lat. 4085, s. XV, f. 95r-97r

Venice, BNM, lat. XIV.174 (4606), s. XIV, f. 39r-42r

Vienna, ÖNB, 2378, s. XIV, f. 44rb-46va

Wiesbaden, HLB, 79, s. XVI, f. 53r-54v