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Austin, University of Texas, Harry Ranson Humanities Research Center, HRC 29

Astronomical miscellany

Pergament — i+102+i — 220 × 164 mm — Southern Germany — s. XI1

Excerptum de astrologia

De ordine ac positione

Digital facsimile at Harry Ranson Humanities Research Center

Parchment Foliated. Onff. 1r-31v and on f. 100v there are around 26 ruled lines in one column; onff. 32r-100r andff. 101r-102v there are between 25 and 32 ruled lines in two columns. Carolingian minuscule

Gothic binding with four bosses and a strap-and-pin mechanism with the pin on the upper board.

Paper sheet from the 15th c. content notebound in the MS between first and second folio. Paste down13th c. hymns attributed to Ambrose Hinc roma celsum uerticem… and others. F. Ir-v and f. I*r-v liturgical hymns with neums O sator rerum reparatorcui (?) christe rex regum metuend[e cen] sor ad preces nostras… On the backpastedown unidentified text.

Herkunft: The manuscript is supposed to be copied s. XI1 in part by Abbot Ellinger (975/980-1056) in Tegernsee Abbey (Southern Germany). See note on fol. 103v: Abbas indignus ego Ellinger peccator istam glosam scripsi dum essem in Altahensi monasterio deo sanctoque quirino. Rogo uos omnes in ea legentes ut oretis pro me.. The note is an indication that he copied De verborum significatione. and the following shorter texts, and not necessarily the whole manuscript. — It belong to the Tegernsee Abbey as noted on the first flyleaf: Istud volumen attinet (?) venerabili monasterio sancti Quirini in Tegernsee… H̃ Abbas Ellingerus scripsit hunc librum. Additionally there is a note from the librarian of the monastery Ambrosius Schwerzenbeck on the small paper leaf fol. 1-bis from the 15th c. The manuscript is recorded in the 15th c. catalogue among Bede's works under the title Excerptum de naturalibus hystoriis Plinii philosophi with the signature l 44.

Selected Bibliography: Eastwood, Bruce Stansfield. "Calcidius’s Commentary on Plato’s‘Timaeus’ in Latin Astronomy of the Ninth to Eleventh Centuries." In Eastwood, The Revival of Planetary Astronomy in Carolingian and Post-Carolingian Europe, 171–209, 2002. p. 173. — Eder, Christine Elisabeth. Die Schule Des Klosters Tegernsee Im Frühen Mittelalter Im Spiegel der Tegernseer Handschriften. Munich: Universität München, 1972. pp. 78-9. — Glauche, Günter, Hermann Knaus, and Bernhard Bischoff. Mittelalterliche Bibliothekskataloge Deutschlands und Der Schweiz. Bd. 4, 2: Bistum Freising. München, 1979. — Bergmann, Rolf et al., Katalog der althochdeutschen und altsächsischen Glossenhandschriften, Berlin/New York 2005, Vol. 1, pp. 158-. (Nr. 18).

1r-12r Bede: De natura rerum. Table of content. De naturis rerum. I De quadrifario dei opere | II De mundi formatione … — … liDiuiso [!] terre. expliciunt capitula libri de naturis rerum. (2r) Initially left blank. Later filling texts: short medical recipes. (2v-12r) Text: Naturas rerum uarias labentis et aeui … — … atque inde affrica a meridie usque ad occidentem extenditur. Full text with ample glosses on the outer and upper margine. Glosses: Locus huius artis hurimuda uel exalrasse uel girum. Persona bridualt uel beda … — … A septentrionibus triones uel teriones grece boues dicuntur eo quod viitem stellae in plaustro videntur septentrio dicitur. (6r On the name of the zodiacal signs:) Annales docuntur libri in quibus hystorię describuntur. distat autem inter hystorias et annales; hystorie sunt earum rerum quas uidimus uel uidere potuimus; dictę apo tu hestorin. B. Ammonem iouem id est arenarium qui in arenis apparuit secundum alios hic est frixi aries cui insidens trans mare uectus est. C. Castor et pollux fratres elenę fuerunt fortissimi et sicut illi potentes fuerunt ita et ec terra (?) eo mense confortata producit seminum folia et fructum siue quod eo mense plurimum bella fiant que grece diostori docuntur uel didimi.D. Cancer si in anterioribus tangatur retro agitur et si retro agitur ad anteriora dirigitur secundum fabula. E. Sicut enim omnia animalia leo conterit et uincit ita sol mense iulio cuncta excoquit et exsiccando maturescere facit; grece autem leon dicitur. F. Signa autem dicuntur secundum fabulas aut secundum naturam; aut secundum fabulas et naturam. Secundum fabulas ut aries mense martio taurus aprili designatur; secundum natural ut libra septembri, pisces februario esse dicuntur. Secundum fabulas et naturam ut sunt scorpius et sagittarius mense octobri et nouembri. G. Scorpius a posterioribus percutit et sagittarius cum spiculo pingitur; et quia in italia mense octobri et novembri crebra fiunt fulmina hisdem mensibus dantur. Sagittarius ipse est centaurus chiron filius saturni et filirę. Saturni concumbebat cum filira uolens quod latere aduentum opis uxoris suę aduenientis conuertit se in equm de quo natus est centaurus semi homo et semi equs. H. Aquarius dicitur ganimedes qui est pincerna deorum et in eius manibus aquam fundit unde et urnam tenet grece ydrocoos dicitur. K. Pisces grece UΘY dicuntur unde hoc signum UΘYNωC dicitur et ictiofagi populi crudis piscibus tantes (?).

12v-25r Calcidius: Translation of Plato's Timeus. Incipit timeus Platonis. Socrates in exhortationibus suius uirtutem laudans … — … exaequatae nature temporis sotia natura nancisceretur imaginem.

25r Later filling text: short medical recipes. Antidatum quod stomacho prodest et uentrem sine conturbatione soluet.

25v-26v Excerptum de astrologia. Duo sunt extremi uertices mundi quos appelant polos septentrionis et austri … — … ad ipsum usque decurrit accipiens. An unfinished drawing of a planisphere at the top left off. 25v.

26v-31r De ordine ac positione. [E] st quidem hic ordo et positio siderum quae fixa caelo. Drawings of the constellations around and within the text. (The images seem to have been drawn before the text was written). The stars are marked with red dots but only on f. 27r-v. The rest of the rubrication, incl. initials at the beginning of sections, left unfinished.

31v Ps. Priscianus: Ad boreae partes. With interlinear neumes.

32r-100v Sextus Pompeus Festus: De verborum significatione.

100v-101v (Ps?)Jerome: Epistola ad Dardanum. Epistula hieronimi ad dardanum de generibus musicorum incipit cum interrogatione sua. Cogor a te ut ti dardane de aliis generibus musicorum sicut res docer … — … intellegenda sunt si terrena sapienter ac diligenter respiciamus spiritualiter ac mystice in…

101v On the Roman rank system. Decanus sub centurione Sub tribune centurio … — … et super quem unum annum donat ne elation subripiat. This short text follows Jerom’s letter also in Florence MS Laurentiana Plut. XXIX Cod. 32 (from the 9th-10th c.).

102r-103v Berno of Reichenau: Ratio generalis de initio adventus domini. Sciendum sane est et omnibus orthodoxis fidelibus memoriter retinendum … — … unum batisma sit et una ęcclesię unanimitas. AMEN.