Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, lat. 7395

s. XVI1 (copied in 1536-1538).


personal notebook of Nicolaus Gugler, then student at the University of Wittenberg (inner front cover: ‘Est scriptus iste liber Witaebergae per Nicolaum Gugler anno salutis nostrae 1536, tunc temporis astronomiae et medicinae studiosum’; f. 1r: ‘Per me Nicolaum Gugler astronomiae et medicinae studiosum, 1536’), except f. 332-370, copied in Johannes Schöner’s house in Nürnberg on 30 November 1538 (f. 332r: ‘descriptum ex manu sive chyrographo Gaurici anno 1538 adj. ultimo Novembris Norimbergae in aedibus Schoneri tunc temporis astrologi excellentissimi fœlici sydere’).


Gugler annotated the MS until at least 1562-1564 (cf. f. 328v and 329v); Mazarin; library of the kings of France in 1668.

Paper, 371 f., two closely alternating hands: I (Nicolaus Gugler): f. 1r-39r, 56v-86v, 147v-304v, 311r-312v, 321r-370v; II: f. 40r-56r, 87r-147r, 304v-310v, 312v-320v. The second hand is perhaps that of a fellow student.

Astronomy and astrology, reflecting at least partly the teaching at the University of Wittenberg: ‘Sphaera Iohannis de Sacrobusto in compendium digesta’ [= lectures (?) on Sacrobosco’s De sphera] (1r-36r); ascension table for latitude 52° (37r); ‘Annotata in spheram Procli a m<agistro> Ioachimo mathematicae professiore (!)’ [= Rheticus’s lectures on Pseudo-Proclus’s De sphera] (39r-57r); ‘Annotata in Alfraganum’ [= Rheticus’s lectures on Alfraganus’s De scientia astrorum] (60r-85r); ‘In astrologiam annotata’ (86r-148v), including Ptolemaica (133r-142r); Johannes de Glogovia, Summa astrologie, Book III, here anonymous under the title ‘Tractatus integer de nativitatibus’ (149r-322v); collection of 32 horoscopes (323r-330v); biographical notes concerning Nicolaus Gugler and various members of his family (331r); Luca Gaurico, judgement on the nativity of Stephan of Nürnberg (332r-370v). Blank: 36v, 37v-38r, 39v, 57v-59v, 60v, 85v, 111r-111v, 331v, 371r-371v.

Bibl. Catalogus codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Regiae, IV: Cod. Latini 7226-8822, Paris, 1744, 351; C. Samaran, R. Marichal, Catalogue des manuscrits en écriture latine portant des indications de date, de lieu ou de copiste, II: Bibliothèque Nationale, fonds latin (Nos 1 à 8000), Paris, 1962, 542; K. H. Burmeister, Georg Joachim Rhetikus, 1514-1574. Eine Bio-Bibliographie, 3 vols, Wiesbaden, 1967-1968, I, 6-7, 30-31 and II, 18; J. Kraai, Rheticus’ Heliocentric Providence: A Study Concerning the Astrology, Astronomy of the Sixteenth Century, PhD dissertation, Universität Heidelberg, 2001, 25-35 and passim; L. Moulinier-Brogi, ‘Un médecin et son image au XVIe siècle? Nicolaus Gugler, de Nuremberg’, Sudhoffs Archiv 89 (2005), 23-36: 25-26 and passim; D. Juste, Catalogus Codicum Astrologorum Latinorum, II: Les manuscrits astrologiques latins conservés à la Bibliothèque nationale de France à Paris, Paris, 2015, 136-139.


‘Ordo ac summa Ptolomei. Libri 1. Caput 1. Duplex est ars de astris, astronomia et astrologia. De illa diximus alibi — Ac primum quid Luna dominatur, demum (?) Mercurius, etc. Finis.’

= Nicolaus Gugler (?), Ordo ac summa Ptolomei (C.2.20)

. Book I, 133r-135r; II, 135r-137r; III, 137r-140r ; IV, 140r-142r. A few corrections by the scribe.