Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus

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Work C.2.22

Erasmus Reinhold
〈Excerpta Quadripartiti cum annotationibus〉

Large excerpts from the Quadripartitum in Philipp Melanchthon’s translation (A.2.11), together with marginal notes, all in Erasmus Reinhold’s hand. These excerpts and notes date from 1544-1545 (cf. f. 44r: ‘Inchoant 7 Novembris anno 1544’, and f. 72r: ‘Postea die S. Elisabetae 1545’) and are probably related to Melanchthon’s lectures on the Tetrabiblos at the University of Wittenberg, which are known to have taken place in the years 1535-1537 and 1543-1545 (S. Kusukawa, The Transformation of Natural Philosophy. The Case of Philip Melanchthon, Cambridge, 1995, 135 n. 69). These excerpts show that, by 1544, Melanchthon had already at least a draft of his translation of the Tetrabiblos, which he did not publish until 1553. See also C.2.20.

Note The name Erasmus occurs twice in the manuscript, in the margin of f. 22r (‘Erasmus habuit in 7 Mars et Mercurius…’) and on f. 40r (‘Annotatio m<agistri> Erasmi’). The first reference is to Erasmus of Rotterdam, who indeed had Mars and Mercury in the seventh house in his nativity, as Reinhold knew only too well, since he had a copy of that nativity in his own collection of horoscopes (MS Munich, BSB, Clm 27003, f. 5v). The second reference is either to himself or to another Erasmus, possibly Erasmus Flock, who succeeded Rheticus in the chair of lower mathematics at Wittenberg in February 1543.

Text ‘(Munich, BSB, Clm 27002) (1r) In Ptolomei Almagestum (!). (1r-20v) [book iii] Satis in multis visae… De qualitatibus animae. De corporum accidentibus haec sit doctrina compendio tradita, sed qualitates animae, quae propriae sunt mentis et ratiocinationis… (12v) De morbis. De laesionibus et morbis corporum. Cum sequatur doctrina de corporis laesionibus et morbis… (17v) De morbis animae. Quia proprietates animae sequitur aliquo modo narratio insignium morborum… (22r-43r) [book iv] Liber quartus de eventuum significationibus. Exposui ea quae ante aeditionem partus spectantur… (32r) De peregrinatione… (38r) De temporum divisione… (40r) Annotatio m<agistri> Erasmi… (44r-71v) [book i] Claudii Ptolomaei Quadripartiti liber primus… (44v) Duo sunt, Syre, per quae praedictiones astrologicae extruuntur praecipua et maxima… (72r-77v) [book ii] Liber secundus Cl<audii> Ptol<emaei> — quadrans ad totam orbem collatus.’

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