Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Paris, Bibliothèque Mazarine, 3636

s. XVmed.


France, perhaps Montpellier, referred to several times.


‘Cest a moi Tabourot’ (1).

Paper, 226 pp. originally foliated 1-266 in Roman numerals (according to this original foliation, f. 92-213 – between current f. 116 and 117 – are missing), one main hand.

Personal handbook made of texts, excerpts and notes of all kinds, mainly of a scientific nature, including astrology, computus, medicine, natural philosophy, alchemy, divination, cooking recipes, prayers etc., in both Latin and French. The Ptolemaic section (61-67) follows an astrological text on the 12 signs ‘Aries. Aries est signum calidum et siccum et incipit regnare a medio Marcii usque ad medium Aprilis, qui inter cetera habet cor forte et vult multa emere…’ (51-61) and precedes a text describing the native of the seven planets in French ‘Sensuit la disposisicion quelles planetes donnent aux hommes…’ (67-69) and a physiognomy, also in French (69-72).

Bibl. A. Molinier, Catalogue des manuscrits de la Bibliothèque Mazarine, III, Paris, 1890, 147-149; C. Samaran, R. Marichal, Catalogue des manuscrits en écriture latine portant des indications de date, de lieu ou de copiste, I: Musée Condé et bibliothèques parisiennes, Paris, 1959, 442.


‘Secuntur 12 signa de eadem materia per alia forma secundum cursum Lune. Si inferiora reguntur a superioribus, ut patet per astrologos et sapientes… De Ariete. Natus sub Ariete, a medio Marcii usque ad medium Aprilis, erit magne industrie, nec dives nec multum pauper, a proximis suis ledetur — (De Pissibus) isti fideliter vivent, tam vir quam mulier. Et hec vobis dicta sufficiant. Explicit de naturalibus (!) hominum.’