Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Vatican, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Barb. lat. 336

s. XV (the years 1486 and 1487 are mentioned in connection with the added material on computus f. 303r).


probably Paris (Georges).

Paper, 305 f., a single hand.

Ptolemaica (single text), except for added computistical and astrological tables and figures (298v-299r, 300r, 301v, 302v-305v). Blank: 297v-298r, 299v, 300v-301r, 302r.


Inventarium codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Barberinae (handwritten catalogue), I, 451; T. Silverstein, Medieval Latin Scientific Writings in the Barberini Collection, Chicago, 1957, 101-102; P. Kunitzsch, Der Sternkatalog des Almagest. Die arabisch-mittelalterliche Tradition, II, Wiesbaden, 1990, 22; P. O. Kristeller, Iter Italicum, VI, London-Leiden, 1992, 388; S. Georges, Sensus huius littere. Gerard of Cremona’s Translation of Ptolemy’s Almagest and How It Was Glossed in Space and Time (forthcoming).


‘Quidam princeps nomine Albuguafe in libro suo quem scientiarum electionem et verborum nominavit… (1vb) Bonum scire fuit quod sapientibus non deviantibus visum est — abbreviationem, arrogantiam vel collaudationem, tunc iam sequitur et honestum est ut ponamus hoc finem libri. Expleta est dictio 13a libri Ptolomei et cum ea completur liber Almagesti de disciplinalibus.’

= Ptolemy, Almagesti (tr. Gerard of Cremona) (A.1.2), Class A. Preface, 1ra-1vb; I, 1vb-21ra; II, 21rb-51va; III, 51vb-72rb; IV, 72va-97vb; V, 98ra-129va; VI, 129vb-158r; VII, 158va-171vb; VIII, 176ra-186va; IX, 186vb-218ra; X, 218rb-236vb; XI, 237ra-258va; XII, 258vb-277rb; XIII, 277va-297ra. The star catalogue (VII.5-VIII.1) is missing, with f. 172r-175v left blank in loco. Substantial glosses by the scribe (not a ‘similar hand’, as in Silverstein), especially in the first part (up to f. 85r). Many (all?) of these glosses, including those attributed to Campanus of Novara, are also found in MS Paris, BnF, lat. 7256 (see).