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Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Venice, Lucantonio Giunta, 1528

Title page:

‘Claudii Ptolemaei Pheludiensis Alexandrini Almagestum seu Magnae constructionis mathematicae opus plane divinum Latina donatum lingua ab Georgio Trapezuntio usque quaq. Doctissimo. Per Lucam Gauricum Neapolit<anum> divinae matheseos professorem egregium in alma urbe Veneta orbis regina recognitum anno salutis MDXXVIII labente.’

Last page:

(sig. 143v) ‘Claudii Ptolemaei Alexandrini Magna sinthesis per L<ucam> Gauricum Neapolit<anum> exacte recognita in urbe Veneta Urbium et orbis regina et calcographica Luceantonii Iunta officina aere proprio ac typis excussa, horoscopante Iovia stella in calce Febru<arii> ad calcem redacta anno Christi 1528 labente qui fluxit ab Adamo annus secundum Hebreos et Io<hannem> Picum Mirandula anni 5035; Paulum Orosium, Bedam, Eusebium 6726; Apostolos et primos Ecclesiae patres 7027; Alphonsum Hispaniae regem 8512.’

Ptolemaica (A3r-141r and 141v-143v), preceded by Luca Gaurico’s letter to ‘clarissimo iuveni D. Dominico Palavicino’ (A2r) and a set of Greek and Latin verses (A2v).

Lit.

EDIT 16: CNCE 29477

Exemplar

Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Res/2 A.gr.b 1003

A3r‑141r

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‘Prohaemium ad sanctissimum dominum Sixtum pont<ificem> max<imum>, Andreae Trapezuntii, Georgii filii, in paternam Almagesti Ptolomaei traductionem prefatio. Revolventi mihi nuper libros patris mei, Georgii Trapezuntii, viri optimi et omni doctrinarum genere insignis… (1r) Magnae compositionis Cl<audii> Ptolemaei Alexandrini libri ad Georgio Trapezuntio e Graeco conversi per L<ucam> Gauricum castigati. Peroptime mihi videtur, o Syre, qui bene philosophati sunt, speculativam philosophyae partem ab activa separasse — idoneum hic modum ac finem haec est compositio consecuta. Gaurici addictiones. [Table] Umbra gnomonis in meridiebus — In fine sexti libri pagina 67 supra figuram deficit titulus iste horizontum descriptio.’

= Ptolemy, Almagesti (tr. George of Trebizond) (A.1.4)

. Andreas of Trebizond’s preface to Sixtus IV, A3r-[A4]v; chapter index of the 13 books, [A5]r-[A6]v; I, 1r-10v; II, 11r-24r; III, 24r-32r; IV, 32r-43r; V, 43r-55r; VI, 55r-67v; VII, 67v-78v; VIII, 78v-88v; IX, 89r-103r; X, 103r-110v; XI, 110v-121v; XII, 122r-129v; XIII, 130r-141r.

141v‑143v

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‘[Table] Umbra gnomonis in meridiebus… (327) Tabula ad sciendum latitudines regionum per horas diei prolixioris et econtra… (329) Stellas fixas Ptolemaei ad annum salutis 1530 redigere. Si quispiam omnes stellas fixas Ptolemaei tempore observatas ad nostram hanc tempestatem seu mavis annum Christi 1530 redigere voluerit, ipsarum longitudinibus G. 19, M. 50 adiiciat… (330-332) tables of months’.