Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Wolfenbüttel, Herzog August Bibliothek, 76.1 Aug. 2º (2725)

s. XIV.


probably northern France (Paris?).

Parchment, 205 f., MS made of two contemporary parts (f. 2-94 and 95-205), each copied by a single neat hand. The first part contains painted initials f. 2r, 23r, 34r, 51r and 83r, and numerous decorated initials. One or several folia are missing after f. 94.

Astronomy, astrology, astral magic and geomancy: Pseudo-Messahallah, De compositione astrolabii (2ra-22vb); Theorica planetarum Gerardi (23ra-34ra); Ptolemaica (34rb-39vb); Thebit Bencora, De recta imaginatione spere et circulorum eius diversorum (39vb-42rb); Thebit Bencora (?), De quantitate stellarum et planetarum et proportione terre (42rb-45rb); Pseudo-Thebit Bencora, De motu octave spere (45va-49vb); list of 15 stars with the corresponding stone and plant (50r); Alcabitius, Introductorius (51ra-80vb); ‘Saturnus ex partibus mundi dicitur et Alenid et eorum confinia…’ (80vb-81vb); table: astrological symbols for signs and planets (81vb); table: elections from the aspects of the Moon with the other planets (82r); Hermes/Enoch, Tractatus de quindecim stellis, attr. Thebit (83ra-87ra); Alchandreana ‘De cursu planetarum. Hiis 7 stellis per 12 signa prenatis (!) addidit spacium manendi in primis. Sol quippe moratur in unoquoque signo…’, end gone (87ra-94vb); William of Moerbeke, Opusculum geomancie (95ra-205vb). Blank: 1, 50v, 82v.

Bibl. Kataloge der Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel, VI: O. von Heinemann, Die Augusteischen Handschriften, 3: Codex Guelferbytanus 32.7 Augusteus 2º bis 77.3 Augusteus 2º, Frankfurt/Main, 1966, 391-393.


‘Thebit Benethorat (!) de hiis que indigent expositione antequam legatur Almagesti. Equator diei est circulus maior qui describitur super 2 polos mundi ― aut propinqui oppositioni Solis erunt retrogradi.’