Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Pommersfelden, Gräflich Schönbornsche Bibliothek, 60 (2633)

s. XIIex-XIIIin.


Iberian Peninsula (Stefan Georges, private communication).

Parchment, 187 f., a single neat hand, painted initials f. 1r, 62r, 74v, 110r and 138v, decorated initials throughout. Several folia are missing between f. 141 and 142.

Astrology and astronomy: Ptolemaica (1r-138r); Hermann of Reichenau, De mensura astrolabii, end gone (138v-141v); Alcabitius, Introductorius, III.8-end, beginning gone (142r-164v); Albumasar, Flores (166r-187v). Blank: 165.

Bibl. Graf von Schoenborn Schlossbibliothek Pommersfelden: Katalog der Handschriften, I (unpublished catalogue dated 1995, available at the Staatsbibliothek in Bamberg).


‘Dixit Ptolomeus: Rerum, Iessuri, in quibus est pronosticabilis sciencie stellarum perfectio magnas et precipuas duas esse deprehendimus — hoc in loco huic libro, Deo volente, finem inponere non incongruum existimamus, in quo res constituuntur et destruuntur. Explicit liber IIII Ptholomei in iudicandi discretione per stellas de futuris in hoc mundo constitutionis et destructionis contingentibus. Et perfecta est eius translatio de Arabico in Latinum die Veneris, hora tercia, die XXa Octobris, anno domini MCXXXVIII, XV die mensis Saphar, anno Arabum DXXXIII. Et Deus nos custodiat et actus nostros dirigat. Amen.’

= Ptolemy, Quadripartitum (tr. Plato of Tivoli) (A.2.1)

. I, 1r-30r; II, 30r-62r; III, 62r-110r; IV, 110r-138r. Substantial glosses by a contemporary or somewhat later hand, some of which introduced by ‘Sensus huius littere’, ‘Dicit Haly’ and ‘In alio’. Glosses by another, late medieval hand. The text includes explanations or paraphrases copied in red ink and often introduced by ‘scilicet’.


‘<C>um proiectionem radiorum stellarum scire volueris, scias gradum ascendentis — erit locus radiationis equate.’

= Pseudo-Ptolemy, Liber proiectionis radiorum stellarum (B.6)

. Text added immediately after the explicit of the preceding text by the main glossator of that text. Glosses in the same hand.