Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Oxford, Bodleian Library, Ashmole 388

s. XVII1 (1643, cf. colophon).


England, the MS was copied on Thomas Allen’s original, then in possession of Sir Thomas Alisbury.


William Lilly, then Elias Ashmole in 1652. The origin and early history of the MS are detailed in a note added by Elias Ashmole on f. Iv: ‘Mr. Allen gave the originall of this work to Sir Thomas Alisbury, from whence there was transcribed two coppies, the one Mr. Huniades the chimist had, the other was given to Mr Lilly, which (?) he bestowed on me this 30th of May 1652. E. Ashmole’.

Paper, I+117 f. (followed by about 50 blank and unnumbered folia), a single hand.

Ptolemaica (single text). Blank: Ir, 117v.

Bibl. W. R. Black, A Descriptive, Analytical, and Critical Catalogue of the Manuscripts Bequeathed unto the University of Oxford by Elias Ashmole, Oxford, 1845, 294.


‘Claudii Ptolomaei Pelusiensis De astrorum iudiciis aut, ut vulgo vocant, Quadripartitae constructionis liber secundus cum expositione Thomae Alleyn Angli, Oxoniensis. Caput primum. Hactenus quidem percurrimus ea quorum cognitionem prognosticationes et predictiones rerum particularium — honestis et pudicis verbis, tecte et occulte describit. Finis libri tertii. Maii 14o 1643.’

= Thomas Allen, 〈Expositio in Claudii Ptolomaei Pelusiensis de astrorum iudiciis〉 (C.2.27)

. II, 1r-35v; III, 36r-117r. No glosses. A few short marginal notes by the scribe and by another hand.