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Work C.2.27

Thomas Allen
〈Expositio in Claudii Ptolomaei Pelusiensis de astrorum iudiciis〉

A commentary on Quadripartitum II-III in Antonius Gogava’s translation (A.2.10), written by the Oxford astrologer and book collector Thomas Allen (1540-1632). The dates 1551 and 1556 are given as examples of computed directions in III.17 (Oxford, BL, Ashmole 388, f. 106r), which might suggest a relatively early date for the work.

Text ‘(Oxford, BL, Ashmole 388) (1r-35v) [book ii] Claudii Ptolomaei Pelusiensis de astrorum iudiciis aut, ut vulgo vocant, quadripartitae constructionis liber secundus cum expositione Thomae Alleyn Angli, Oxoniensis. Caput primum. Hactenus quidem percurrimus ea quorum cognitionem prognosticationes et predictiones rerum particularium — superius declarata sunt. Finis libri secundi. (36r-117r) [book iii] De astrorum iudiciis liber tertius. Caput primum. Communium eventuum et accidentium generalium — honestis et pudicis verbis, tecte et occulte describit. Finis libri tertii. Maii 14o 1643.’

Bibl. A. Wood, Athenae Oxonienses. An Exact History of all the Writers and Bishops who Have Had Their Education in the University of Oxford (Third Edition), II, Oxford, 1815, 543-544; A. G. Watson, ‘Thomas Allen of Oxford and His Manuscripts’, in Medieval Scribes, Manuscripts and Libraries: Essays presented to N. R. Ker, eds M. B. Parkes, A. G. Watson, London, 1978, 279-314: 279 n. 2 and 301; M. Foster, ‘Thomas Allen (1540-1632), Gloucester Hall and the Survival of Catholicism in Post-Reformation Oxford’, Oxoniensia 46 (1981), 99-128: 111 and n. 82; M. Feingold, The Mathematicians’ Apprenticeship. Science, Universities and Society in England, 1560-1640, Cambridge, 1984, 157 and n. 194.

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