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Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Vatican, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Barb. lat. 173

s. XIIIex-XIVin (date suggested by Stefan Georges, private communication; 14th c. acc Silverstein and Kunitzsch).




Cardinal Francesco Barberini (1597-1679).

Parchment, 185 f., a single hand, painted initials f. 4r, decorated initials.

Ptolemaica (single text). Blank: 3r-4ra.


Inventarium codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Barberinae (handwritten catalogue), I, 245; T. Silverstein, Medieval Latin Scientific Writings in the Barberini Collection, Chicago, 1957, 47-48; P. Kunitzsch, Der Sternkatalog des Almagest. Die arabisch-mittelalterliche Tradition, II, Wiesbaden, 1990, 17-18.


‘Dictio secunda incipit cuius capitula sunt 13. Liber hic precepto Maimonis regis Arabum, qui regnavit in Baldach… (4rb) Almagestum Ptolomei Pheludensis [title in upper margin, apparently by another hand]. Capitulum primum in prologo. Bonum quod fecerunt in eo quod video illi qui perscrutati sunt… (5ra) Incipit Almagesti quem Ptolomeus Pheludensis de scientia stellarum motuum celestium conscripsit. Quidam princeps nomine Albuguafe in libro suo quem scientiarum electionem et verborum nominavit… (5va) Capitulum primum in quo huius scientie excellentiam et finem eius utilitatis dicam. Bonum domine fuit quod sapientibus non deviantibus visum est — per ipsum prolongationem et abreviationem, tunc iam sequitur et honestum est ut ponamus hoc finem libri. Explicit.’

= Ptolemy, Almagesti (tr. Gerard of Cremona) (A.1.2), Class B. The text opens with the end of the translator’s preface followed by a full chapter index of all 13 books, 1ra-2vb, and with chapter I.1 in Isḥāq’s version, 4vb-5ra. Translator’s preface (in full, including chapter index of Book I), 5ra-5va; I, 5va-18ra; II, 18ra-32va; III, 32va-49rb; IV, 49ra-63vb; V, 63vb-81rb; VI, 81rb-98rb; VII, 98va-102vb (end missing); VIII, 103ra-112ra (beginning missing); IX, 112ra-129a; X, 129va-141ra; XI, 141ra-157rb; XII, 157va-170ra; XIII, 170ra-185ra. Several chapters are missing between VII.3 and VIII.1, due to the loss of several folia between f. 102 and 103 (‘… ad partem successionis signorum illius temporis. Stellam vero que est super hu<merum antecedentem Geminorum> … /103ra/ … Tabula fixarum stellarum. Forme et stelle. Septentrionalis trium que sunt in cornu sequente 9S 7° 20’…’). Numerous glosses by the scribe, a selection of which (shared by MSS Cracow, BJ, 590 and Vatican, BAV, Vat. lat. 2057) have been edited by H. Zepeda, The Medieval Latin Transmission of the Menelaus Theorem, PhD Dissertation, University of Oklahoma at Norman, 2013, 386-389.