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Dresden, Sächsische Landesbibliothek, Dc 183

Astronomical collection

Parchment — 101 fols. — 250 × 182 mm — North-west France — s. IX2

De ordine ac positione

Excerptum de astrologia

Hyginus, De astronomia

Cicero, Aratea

Partial facsimile available online thanks to the Warburg Institute, Photographic collection

Parchment Lagen: On f. 97v – quire mark XIII; The manuscript suffered grate damage during World War II. This description is based therefore on Warburg Insitute photographs for ff. 8v, 13r, 14r-26r, 27v, 28v, 29v and 31r and on microfilm in IRHT for ff. 1r-2v, 7r-28r, and 94r-101v. For the rest of the content draws on the description of Maass. Written in 30-33 long lines. Exception ff. 94r-97v ruled and written in two columns; Schriftraum: 195 × 125 mm

Herkunft: North-west France (Bischoff), North France (Dell'Era). As far as I can judge by the reproductions the manuscript seems to be a composite one with three different sets of astronomical material combined together at a later stage moment.

Selected Bibliography: Schnorr von Carolsfeld, Franz. Katalog der Handschriften der Sächsischen Landesbibliothek zu Dresden. vol. 1. Dresden, 1979, pp. 334-335. — Maass, pp. XXI-XXII. — Bischoff, Katalog I, p. 225. — Sternbilder des Mittelalters, pp. 234-39. — Reeve, Michael D. “Some Astronomical Manuscripts.”Classical Quarterly, New Series 30, 2 (1980): 508–22 (esp. 508-10). — Marcus Tullius Cicero.Aratea. Fragments Poétiques. Edited by Jean Soubiran. Paris: Les belles lettres, 1972 (esp. 116-117). — Cicéron, Les Aratea. Edited by Victor Buescu. Paris: Les Belles Lettres, 1941. — Buescu, Victor. “La tradition manuscrite des Aratea de Cicéron; Nouvelles découvertes.” InProblèmes de critique et d’histoire textuelle, 133–209. Bucharest and Paris, 1942 (esp. pp. 164-69).

1r-(?) Revised Aratus Latinus. (1r-) Arati ea quae videntur. [Ostensione quoque de quibus uidentur oportet fieri] A dextris orientem. (6r) Alia descriptio prefationis. Subtus terra firmantur signa sex. (7v-8v) Descriptio duorum semisperiorum. Habet autem pondus … — Illustration of the two hemi spheres (9r-v) Arati genus. (on the bottom of f. 8r) Arati genus. Aratus patris quidem est athinodori filius … — … reperimus illum et super. (9v-10v) Ps. Censorinus: Fragmenta Censorini (cap. 2). De celi positione. Caelum circulis distinguitur … — … solida anteposita his deformia. (10v-11v) Ps. Censorinus: Fragmenta Censorini (cap. 3). De stellis fixis et stantibus. stellarum aliae cum caelo feruntur … — … et quomodo consentit aut uisus est. (11v-12v) Involutio spherae. Involutio spherae. Hic (?) est stellarum ordo … — … commune habet stellam. (12v-13r) On the zodiac. porro duodecim signorum ordo hic est … — … Id est saturnus, iouis mars sol uenus mercurius luna. Continues without dividing marks from previous text. (13r) Illustration of the celestial globe on pillars. (13v-31r) Uertices extremos circa quos … — … adeptos fuisse opinabantur uictoriam. Explicit liber astrolocorum.

31v De sideribus.

31v Anonymous verse on the zodiacal signs (12 hexameters). Bis sex signiferae numerantur sidera spaerae.

32r-v Excerptum de astrologia. Duo sunt extremi uertices mundi … — … ipsum usque decurrit accipiens.

33r-86v Hyginus: De astronomia.

87v-93v blank.

94r-97v Cicero: Aratea(vv. 1-471). According to Soubiran the text of Cicero begins on f. 94r with title: Incipiunt versus Ciceronis des signis. Primitus de ariete. …quam gelidum ualido de corpora frigus … — … et cernis uolucris exsistis clara sagita. Text is written in two columns 34 lines per page, in a much more regular Carolingian hand (letters with equal height, no open a; initials detached from the beginning of verses).

98r-99r Excerptum de astrologia. Excerptio de astrologia. Duo sunt extremi uertices mundi … — … ipsum usque decurrit acipiens.

99r-101r De ordine ac positione stellarum in signis. De ordine ac positione stellarum in signisin signis [!] incipit. Est quidem hic ordo … — … [A] nticanis habet stellas IIII.