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London, British Library, Cotton Vitellius A XII

Computistical astronomical compendia

Pergament — — s. XI4/4 - S. XII

Excerptum de astrologia

Digital facsimile at BL.

Written in 36 long lines

Selected bibliography: See Archive and manuscripts.

Codicological unit 1: f. 3

Codicological unit 2: ff. 4-77

4 - note on the front page almost like title in the centre large letters - rabanus de compoto 4v-8r dialogue, questions and answers on ecclesiastical issues 8r -9r- starts Abbo's Sententia abbonis de differentia circuli x... Inc. Studiosis astrologie primo sciendum est.. With a diagram of the planetary latitudes heart rate with inscription 'figura ad superiora dicta 9r-v bottom Then continues the second tractate Denique luna totius... Spacium dicimus followed by a diagram of the phases of the moon like in Dijon 448 on f. 10r 10r-v - Ut uero noueris non solum... Per totum mensem 10v - Hrabanus. Incipit p[ro]logus rabani ... Dilecto fratri rabano monacho gildas peccator ... With table of content on 11r-v, the work starts on 12r-40v 35r ... Hec autem omnia subiecta descriptio demonstrat congruentissime per illas columnellas - and adds tables for termines on the following folios Expl.: et et[er]nitate se[m]p[er] manes p[er] henni trinus et unus omnps ds qui est benedictus in scla am 40v - Verses of Abbo Idcirco certis dimensiu[m] partibus orbem... Uerterit ordo. 41r-v Tetrasticon autenticum de singulis mensib Hic iam mensis sacer est en aspice ut aris... Nunc tibi dno ludere uerna licet Versus de ... Primus romanas ordinis iane kalendas... Imbrifer asr mensis tu[m]q[ue] december adest Versus de mensibus et signis xii Dira patet iani romanis ianua bellis... Te gemalis hiemps Versus de duodecim signis Prim[us] adest aries obscuro lumine labens... Serpentes ludere pisces Versus de cursu anni Bissena mensium uertigine uoluntur annus...accurens atque kalendas De octo tramitubus circuli decemnovennalis Inea xre tuos prumae...aetate[m] lune monstrat q[] nouissimu[us] ordo Versus de septem dierum Prima dies phebi sacrato nomine fulget.. Et micat alma dies saturno septima summo. 42v-43r De septem miraculis . Primu[m] capitoliu[m] rome sali... Fine[m] faciunt ta[m] mirabil[is] edificu. 43r-44r - de duobus verticib[us] mundi Duo sunt extremi uertices mundi q[uo]s appellabant polos... Ad ipsu[m] usq[ue] decurrit accipiens 44r- De diebus egyptiacis. Hos dies maxime obseruare debemus in quibus nullomodo neq[] ulla necessitate licet... 44v-45v De vocibus litterarum. Om[ne]s u[ero] littere a similitudine uocis caracteres acceperunt A subhiato ore... Cladius testatur dentes moti [f.45r] A alfa agricola B beata beatitudo Г gamma uirga correctionis... Expl. Niacusin dcccc eneacoses. 45v-46r si uis scire cincurrentes in nona kl aprilis require ...que nullu[m] certu[m] numerum annorum tenet. 46r-63v Isidore DNR but starts: incipit liber Gilde peritissimi de natura rerum. Dommo et filio [left blank space] salute[m] Du[m[ te prestante[m]... Ex positiones numero quadraginta nouem Explicit 64r - t-o map or rather division of a circle with text on the provinces in each continent 64r - Signa in quibus singuli planetarum morentur scies si annos ab initio mundi scdm lxx per numeros hic eisdem planetis subiectos diuiseris... similiter de reliquis 64v De duplici ortu sinorum dubitantes aliquando hac ratione ...sol numquam accedit 65r - runic? Alphabet 65v-71r - Calendar one month one folio diff hand [mention epositio sci cuthberthti epi translatio Sci W..] 71v - 14th c hand? 72r - looks more like continental and slightly at least earlier hand Aboree partes arctoi... Pistrix heridaniq[u]e fluenta Same folio verse on the winds: [Q]uatuor a q[ua]dro c[on]surg[]t limite uenti/ hisq[ue] octo gemini dext[ra] leuaq[ue] iugant[ur] Atque ita bisseno circundant flamine mundum Primus a partias arcto ospirat ab axe Huic nostra nomen lingua e[st] septentrio fixum ... Agrestenq[ue] grai uocitant cognomine prisco. Written in two columns leaving the lower half blank perhaps for diagram? 72v- older calendar again of the 12 months but with the typical verses on top 78r-v blank

Codicological unit 2: ff. 79-86

Codicological unit 3: ff. 87-107

Codicological unit 4: ff. 109-135

Codicological unit 5: ff. 109-135

Codicological unit 6: ff. 136-185