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Astronomy: 16th cent.

c. 1531
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Medium motum cujuslibet planetarum per ipsius tabulas ad tempus quandocunque propositum invenire.

Written in a small and clear italic, 38 lines to a page. Text of the first page within decorated borders in gold and colours, with large ornamental initial P in blue and gold within borders of red, gold and black. Other initials in gold on coloured ground: headings in red, text between double red rules. Some of the Tables in red, blue and black, others in red and black.

In the lower border to the first page is an emblazoned coat of arms, slightly rubbed. The booksellers (Nourry of Paris) describe this as: 'coupé d'or à l'aigle bicéphale éployée de sable, et d'azur à la dévise d'or (Libertas) posée en bande'. The shield is encircled by the chain of the Order of the Golden Fleece. It is possible that these are the arms of the Dini Family.

Fol. 1 (red) Medium motum cuiuslibet planetarum / per ipsius tabulas ad tempus quodcunque / propositum inuenire. Propositio I. // Praescribe tibi tempus ad quod pla / netae motum inuenire desideras ... 75v ... et prodibit locus eius diebus aequatis, idest inaequalibus. / (red) Tabella Lunae minutorum subtrahendorum. / [Table.]

It is possible that this MS. was written in 1531. This date is given on fol. 20, line 23 'qui sunt anni Christi 1531 currentes', and again on fol. 73 'pro anno Christi 1531 currente'.

The Meridian of Nüremberg is used for all the tables and calculations. Probably produced in Nüremberg.


c. 1531

Physical description

1 volume 78 ll. (last 3 bl.). 4to. 20 x 141/2 cm. On vellum. 16th cent. gilt-stamped panelled calf binding.

Acquisition note

Purchased 1936.

Biographical note

See the notes below, contributed by Dr Karl Galle, for information on the apparent author of this manuscript and the context of its creation.

Ownership note

On a vellum fly-leaf at the beginning is an inscription: 'E bibliotheca D. Jo. Ottonis Thiess Izehoae 1801 No. ("688" struck through) 1216'. (J. O. Thiess, German theologian [1762-1810]).

Finding aids

Database description transcribed from S.A.J. Moorat, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts on Medicine and Science in the Wellcome Historical Medical Library (London: Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, 1962-1973).


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