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Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, lat. 7256

s. XIII2.


France (Kunitzsch).


Mazarin; library of the kings of France in 1668.

Parchment, f. 163 f., a single neat hand, beautiful MS with decorated initials.

Ptolemaica (single text). Blank: 26v.


Catalogus codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Regiae, IV: Cod. Latini 7226-8822, Paris, 1744, 331; P. Kunitzsch, Der Sternkatalog des Almagest. Die arabisch-mittelalterliche Tradition, II, Wiesbaden, 1990, 13; H. Zepeda, ‘Glosses on the Almagest by Campanus of Novara and Others in Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, lat. 7256’, in Ptolemy’s Science of the Stars in the Middle Ages, eds D. Juste, B. van Dalen, D. N. Hasse, C. Burnett, Turnhout, 2020, 225-244.


‘Almagesti Tholomei sollempnissimi astrologi [title in upper margin, probably added by another hand]. Quidam princeps nomine Albuguafe in libro suo quem scientiarum electionem et verborum nominavit … (1va) Bonum scire fuit quod sapientibus non deviantibus visum est — abbreviationem, arrogantiam vel collaudationem, tunc iam sequitur et honestum est ut ponamus hoc finem libro. Expleta est dictio tertidecima libri Ptolomei et cum eo completur liber Almagesti de disciplinabilibus.’

= Ptolemy, Almagesti (tr. Gerard of Cremona) (A.1.2), Class A. Translator’s preface, 1ra-1va; I, 1va-12ra; II, 12ra-26r; III, 27ra-35va; IV, 35va-47va; V, 47va-61rb; VI, 61rb-76ra; VII, 76rb-86r; VIII, 86v-95va; IX, 95va-110vb; X, 111ra-121va; XI, 121va-136rb; XII, 136rb-149rb; XIII, 149va-163vb. Glosses by the scribe, numerous in the first part (up to f. 41v), only sporadic thereafter (especially f. 57r-57v, 70r, 90v, 101v, 103v, 104r, 137r, 150v-152v). Some of them give the alternative translation from Isḥāq’s version, while others are attributed to ‘Camp.’, i.e. Campanus of Novara. A selection of these glosses (also found in MS Vatican, BAV, Barb. lat. 336) have been edited by H. Zepeda, The Medieval Latin Transmission of the Menelaus Theorem, PhD Dissertation, University of Oklahoma at Norman, 2013, 398-413 (see also pp. 130 n. 244, 148 n. 293, 168, 171, 190). Further discussion in H. Zepeda, The First Latin Treatise on Ptolemy’s Astronomy: The Almagesti minor (c. 1200), Turnhout, 2018, 81-82, and in Zepeda, ‘Glosses’.