Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Venice, Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, lat. VIII.21 (2685)

s. XVI1 (tables of conjunctions and oppositions for 1504-1550 f. 70ra-93v).


Italy, probably Venice.


The MS was in Venice by c. 1538 at the latest, cf. f. 97v-99v.

Paper, 100 f., a single hand, except for additions by another hand f. 97v-99r. One or several folia are missing between f. 20-21 and between f. 23-24.

Miscellanea: William Durand, Rationale divinorum officiorum, Book VIII on computus (1ra-18vb); calendar (19r-20v); Tractatus de arbore divini amoris (21ra-23vb, beginning gone); astrological chapters at least partly related to Michael Scot’s Liber introductorius ‘… illustratur. Figuratur super bigam propter quam denotatur velocitas sui cursus qui celerior est cursu Solis…’ (24ra-35va, beginning gone); De prelaturis provinciarum mundi (35va-41rb); De septem aetatibus mundi (41va-49vb); Conclusio huius operis tranctantis de septem aetatibus mundi ab Adam usque ad tempus prescriptum (49vb-69rb); ‘Signa Thau in quo filii Ysrael…’ (69va-69vb, in Italian and Latin); ‘Lunarium in quo reperiuntur coniunctiones et oppositiones Lunae…’ 1504-1550 (70ra-93v); Ptolemaica (94ra-96vb); report (in Italian) dated January 1538 regarding the election of the new doge of Venice after the death of Andrea Gritti (97v-99v). Blank: 97r, 100.


The astrological chapters include Pseudo-Ptolemy’s Liber de iudiciis planetarum (B.9) on f. 27vb-28rb: ‘De signis in quibus planetae morantur. Saturnus in libro de motibus planetarum Ptolomei sub Saturno sunt haec signa…’.


J. Valentinelli, Bibliotheca manuscripta ad S. Marci Venetiarum. Codices MSS. Latini, IV, Venezia, 1871, 273-275 (XI.101).


‘Mars. Aries. Natus sub Ariete a medio Martii usque ad medium Aprilis erit magnae industriae — (Iupiter. Pisces) dies Martis, Saturni sunt mali.’

= Pseudo-Ptolemy, Liber de nativitatibus hominum (B.11), without the preface. No glosses.