Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Cambrai, Bibliothèque Municipale, 953 (851)

s. XIII2 (c. 1265).


Bologna, MS copied by the scribe Lafrancus de Pancis of Cremona.


Cambrai, cathedral.

Parchment, 330 f., a single neat hand, painted initials at the beginning of each book of the Almagest (except f. 177v; reserved initial f. 198ra), beautifully decorated initials.

Ptolemaica (single text). Blank: 330v.


Catalogue général des manuscrits des bibliothèques publiques de France. Départements, XVII, Paris, 1891, 393; S. Georges, Glosses as Source for the History of Science. The Case of Gerard of Cremona’s Translation of Ptolemy’s Almagest (forthcoming).


‘Quidam princeps nomine Albuguafe in libro suo quem scientiarum electionem et verborum nominavit… (2ra) Bonum domine fuit quod sapientibus non deviantibus visum est — (328ra) et abreviationem, tunc iam sequitur et honestum est ut ponamus hic finem libri. Expleta est dictio terciadecima libri Ptholomei et cum ea completur liber Almagesti de disciplinalibus. Bonum, o Sure, fuit quod sapientibus non fallacibus visum est… (329rb) Capitulum primum in prologo huius libri. Bonum quod fecerunt in eo quod video illi qui prescrutati — neque consecuti sunt ex eius comprehensione quod oportet.’

= Ptolemy, Almagesti (tr. Gerard of Cremona) (A.1.2), Class B. Preface, 1ra-2ra; I, 2ra-21vb; II, 21vb-52vb; III, 52vb-73rb; IV, 73va-97vb; V, 97vb-128ra; VI, 128ra-154ra; VII, 154ra-177v; VIII, 177v-197vb; IX, 198ra-223vb; X, 223vb-244vb; XI, 244vb-274va; XII, 274va-300va; XIII, 300va-328ra. The explicit is followed by two alternative versions of chapter I.1: (1) al-Ḥajjāj’s version but in a different recension (same in MSS Melbourne, SLV, RARES 091 P95A (olim *f 091/P95A), f. 172va-173ra, and ZZ – Unknown location, olim Robert B. Honeyman Jr., no. 14, pp. 353-354), 328ra-329rb, and (2) Isḥāq’s version, 329rb-330ra. Substantial glosses by the scribe.