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Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Cambridge, Pembroke College, 204

s. XV.

Parchment, I+86 f., MS made of two parts, each copied by a single hand (f. 1-66 and 67-86). The end of the first part and the beginning of the second part are missing.

Natural philosophy and astrology: two tables of content (Iv), one medieval and the other from the 17th c.; Albertus Magnus, De celo et mundo (1r-66v, end gone); Alkindi (?), Saturnus in Ariete sub radiis…, attr. Haly (67ra-68rb); Ptolemaica (68rb-68vb); ‘Pronosticum Ypocratis quod dies mortis vel salutis ostendit. Saturni die qui in lectum ceciderit…’ (68vb-69rb); ‘Tractatus primus de creticis diebus secundum menses lunares. Ut dicit G<alenus> in tertio de creticis diebus Luna facit in nobis duas impressiones…’ (69rb-69vb); Ptolemaica (69vb-70vb); ‘Epistola de discretione mortis. Aspice in occasionibus mortem inferentibus nato …’ (70vb-71rb); Ptolemaica (71rb-73rb); ‘La…a (?) pro calculo. In die et hora Solis, Sole existente in Leonem prima…’ (73rb-73va); ‘Iudicium particulare de aeris mutatione in coniunctione Solis et Lune. Considera signum ascendens et eius naturam…’ (74ra-74rb); Messahallah, Liber interpretationum, c. 3 (74rb-74va); ‘Cum aliquis in sompno pluvias, mare et flumina multociens videtur…’ (74va-74vb); ‘Capitulum locorum expertorum in verbis sapientum. Saturnus cum fuerit in domo sua in nativitate diurna significat quod natus erit…’ (74vb-76rb); Haly Abenragel, De iudiciis astrorum, VII.100 (76va-77ra); Abraham Avenezra, De mundo vel seculo, tr. Henri Bate of Mechelen (78ra-83vb). Blank: Ir, 77v, 84-86. According to the medieval table of contents (Iv), the MS contained three items before f. 67: ‘Bacon de prolongacione vite. Antitodarus eiusdem. De graduacione medicinarum’. 

Lit.

M. R. James, A Descriptive Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the College Library of Pembroke College, Cambridge, Cambridge, 1905, 188-189; R. Lemay, Le Kitāb at-Tamara (Liber fructus, Centiloquium) d’Abū Ja’far Aḥmad ibn Yūsuf [Ps.-Ptolémée], New York, 1999 [unpublished], I, 423-424.

68rb‑68vb

‘Responsum Tholomei ad sciendum utrum nativitas fuit masculina aut feminina. Dicit Tholomeus: Huius rei causa maxime proprie — et similiter sunt descensiones opposite hiis, ut patet in figuris.’

= Responsum Tholomei ad sciendum utrum nativitas fuit masculina aut feminina (C.2.5). No glosses. A couple of short marginal notes by the scribe.

69vb‑70vb

‘Propositio Tholomei de crisi. Albahaemi sane et certe sunt hore in quibus declarantur mutationes membrorum (!)… Expositio. Ptholomeus docuit nos in hoc verbo causas dierum determinabilium… (70rb) Sequitur figura Ptholomei quam Haly commentator suus describit sic. Quando et qualiter morbi acuti haberi debent suas determinationes sive ad bonum sive ad malum — aut Scorpione aut in Aquario, tunc illa egritudo est deterior egritudinum isti homini et est dignior ut in eo moriatur quoniam est ex radice superiorum.’

= Propositio de crisi (C.3.3). No glosses.

71rb‑73rb

‘Cum itaque aliquis veniens querit qua morte debeat affici, diligenter octavi dominum aspice — in primo gradu Arietis evadet casum luminis. Explicit.’

= Pseudo-Ptolemy, Iudicia (B.3), excerpts (selection of chapters). No glosses. A couple of short marginal notes by the scribe.