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Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Vatican, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Pal. lat. 1369

s. XVmed (the year 1444 appears in the medallion of Saturn f. 144v).

Or.:

southern Germany. F. 80r-87v preserve exactly the same sequence of texts as Munich, BSB, Clm 3857 (see), f. 1r-11r.

Prov.:

Johannes Virdung of Hassfurt, who received the MS from one Leonardus Luser in Boppart (near Koblenz), cf. f. 1r: ‘Liber magistri Iohannis Virdung de Hasfurt dono datus a domino Leonardo Luser in civitate Boppardia’, and notes added in his hand f. 69v and 155r-157v; Heidelberg, Bibliotheca Palatina; Vatican library in 1623.

Paper, 158 f., several contemporary hands, one of which copied f. 80-143.

Astronomy and astrology: John of Gmunden, reworking of Richard of Wallingford’s Tractatus Albionis (1ra-53vb); astronomical diagram ‘Instrumentum de vera coniunctione’ (54r); ‘Duodecim domos adequare (?). In hoc canone docet equare duodecim domos…’ (54va-55rb); Bethen, Centiloquium, incomplete (55va-56ra); ‘Scalle altimetre mensio talis est in umbra recta…’, added (57r-57v); astronomical diagram (58r); horoscopic diagram summarising the 12 houses (58r); representation of an astronomical instrument (58v); representations of the albion (59r-67v); ‘Sciendum quod cum Luna coniungitur Saturno ipsa est infortunata …’ (68va-69rb); ‘Horarum communium tam a meridie quam nocte…’, added by Johannes Virdung (69v); John of Harelbeke (?), Tractatus de spera solida (70ra-79v); Albumasar, Flores (80ra-83va); Gergis, De significatione septem planetarum in domibus (83va-84vb); Jafar, De pluviis et ventis (84vb-85va); astrometeorology, at least partly from the Liber novem iudicum ‘De revolutione anni et qualitate temporis. Ex conventu itaque vel oppositione vel ex Solis…’ (85va-87va); Hermes, Centiloquium (87vb-89rb); Ptolemaica (89va-100ra); Haly Embrani, De electionibus horarum (100rb-111va); Messahallah, De revolutionibus annorum mundi (111vb-116vb); Jafar, Liber imbrium (116vb-119rb); ‘Forme et nomina mansionum Lune. Incipiunt nomina mansionum et quomodo formate sunt et etiam nomina earum. Prima mansio Lune caput Arietis incipit in primo gradu Arietis…’ (119rb-119vb); Messahallah, Liber receptionis (120ra-127va); Thebit Bencora, De imaginibus (127vb-129vb); Zael, Liber iudiciorum (129vb-137ra: Liber temporum and De electionibus); Capitula Almansoris, attr. Messahallah (137ra-139rb); Bethen, Centiloquium, beginning only (139rb); Philo of Byzantium, De spiritualibus ingeniis (140ra-143ra); optics ‘Utrum equales magnitudines equedistantes ab oculo…’ (143rb-144rb); representations of the planets, with text in German (144v-147v); representations of the constellations (148r-151v); astronomical diagram (152v); astronomical diagram, incomplete (153v-154r); notes on directions added by Johannes Virdung (155r-157v). Blank: 56v, 68r, 139v, 152r, 153r, 154v, 158.

Lit.

Inventarium manuscriptorum Latinorum Bibliothecae Palatinae (handwritten catalogue), 488; F. Saxl, Verzeichnis astrologischer und mythologischer illustrierte Handschriften des Mittelalters, I: In römischen Bibliotheken, Heidelberg, 1915, 15-20; L. Schuba, Die Quadriviums-Handschriften der Codices Palatini Latini in der Vatikanischen Bibliothek, Wiesbaden, 1992, 67-70; D. Blume, M. Haffner, W. Metzger, Sternbilder des Mittelalters und der Renaissance. Der gemalte Himmel zwischen Wissenschaft und Phantasie, II: 1200-1500, Berlin, 2016, 2 vols, II.1: Text und Katalog der Handschriften, 492-496.

89va‑100ra

‘Centum verba Pto<lome>i cum glosa. Verbum secundum. Dixit Pto<lome>us: quando eliget electionem melioribus non erit… Multi homines putaverunt quod Ptolomeus loqueretur hic de electionibus — Et ego Deum precor ut te diligat. Perfecta est huius libri translatio 17 die mensis Marti, 12 die mensis Gumedi et secundi anno Arabum 520.’

= Pseudo-Ptolemy, Centiloquium (tr. Plato of Tivoli) (B.1.2), missing the preface and v. 1. No glosses.