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COSMOGRAPHY; ASTROLOGICAL MEDICINE
Lübeck (?), 1486-88
1. ff. 1-8v: [Geographical material with maps and lists:] Nota tres fuerunt babilonie, Una super flumen chobar ubi regnabat Nabuchodonosor in qua fuit turris baliel…[with T-O world map, f. 1]; De provinciis Asie maioris…; Grecia magna terra habet provincias has…; Siria olim magna provincia cuius provinciales fuerunt hec…; India ultima provincia in arida versus orientem cuius provincie sunt hec…; Sequitur nunc de insulis maris occeani Asie maioris…; De provinciis europee proprie dicte et postea de provinciarum insulis occeani maris europam respicientibus…[with map, f. 3]; Sequuntur Insule maris magni et arti Europam respicientes…[with double circle map, f. 3v]; Europa Arida cuius provincie sunt hec…; Italia olim dicebatur grecia magna quia a grecis est primitus populata et habet partiales provincias has…; Gallia attingit hispaniam ytaliam et Alamaniam et habet provincias partiales que sunt hec ab hispania computando…; Affrica arida cuius provincie sunt hec…; Montes terre sancte…[with sketch of grassy hills, f. 5]; Montes qui sunt termini terre promissionis sunt hii…; Sequitur de terris in quibus Monarchi residebant et operabant…; Sequitur de terris in quibus Apostoli predicaverunt…[with a map of the cities of the world, f. 6; on ff. 6v-7, a large T-O map entitled “Mappa mundi localis”; on ff. 7v-8, a large map entitled “Mappa de Aquis terram irrigantibus”]; Mappa mundi multipliciter consideratur, primus quo ad loca terre habitabilis…2o consideratur mappa mundi quo ad edificia et culturam terre…3o consideratur mappa mundi quo ad homines terre habitatores et ego eram in terra peregrinacionis in qua numquam sunt cogniti tales homines monstruosi quos figuralis mappa ibi esse significat. Ex quo ego arguo ut in aliis terris saltem omnibus tales esse et per consequens communis mappa mundi pro illa parte iterum est falsa…Quarto consideratur mappa mundi quo ad homines aliis dominantes… 2. ff. 8v-18: [Prophetic material with maps and lists:] Six maps “de dominiis terre” based on the prophecies of the Apocalypse and Daniel, showing the world from the birth of Christ to A.D. 639, 639-1514, 1514-1570, 1570-1600, 1600-1606, 1606-1661; the maps are on ff. 8v, 9, 9v, 10, 10v, 11; f. 11v, large diagram of the world on the Day of Judgment, with a discussion of it on the facing page; f. 12v, diagram showing the relative diameter of earth to hell, followed by a prose discussion containing the statement: “Arbitror ergo quod harum figurarum firma fides et frequens consideracio efficacius hominem retraherent a peccatis quam multa bona verba”; f. 13, diagram of the spheres of the universe; f. 13v, diagram illustrating the sun and its course around the earth; f. 14, diagram of the Ptolomaic climates; f. 14v, diagram to give the “elevatio poli artici” and the “dies prolixior” of each climate; f. 15, diagram showing the division of the Apostles; f. 15v, list of countries assigning to each its climate, and a brief discussion of Gog and of Noah’s Ark; f. 16, Epilogus tocius perituri mundi qui habet tres partes, prima pars terminatur diluvio, 2a pars est duracio babilonie, 3a pars duracio Rome In qua parte nos sumus hodie…[prophecy on Gog the Antichrist and the end of the world]; f. 16v, genealogies from Adam to Jesus and from Adam to David; f. 17, descent from David through Micol and Bathsheba to Jesus, in 2 columns; ff. 17v-18, Regnum et potestas mundi 4or monarchis comprehenditur…: Statua que habet ymaginem hominis defectuosi daniel 20, cuius Prima pars caput aurum…Figure bestiarum 4or monstruosarum daniel 7 quarum Prima quasi leena habens duas alas…Per 4or animalia corrosiva Iohelis 1 et 2 Primum Eruca Assirii…Per 4or quadrigas Zacharie sexto, Prima Equi rufi Caldeorum…[followed by a commentary which ends:]…Nabuchodonosor caldeus post Nemroth circa 1400 annos primus attigit factus monarchus a quo ad finem mundi ymo ad resurrectionem mortuorum prophetavit david et apocalipsis quasi a principio culminis Romane monarchie ad finem mundi et in evem; f. 18v, blank. 3. f. 19: Canon primus de fleubotomia, Notandum primo volens eligere dies aptos pro fleubotomia primo eligat signa ignea que sunt aries et sagittarius…Sed ubi excipiuntur zaphene id est vene pedum ibi luna est in piscibus. 4. f. 19r-v: Canon 29 de farmacia id est medicina, Ypocrates ait Cecus medicus est qui astronomiam nescit nam si dabit medicinam…luna in aquario bona in confortate trifera cum aliis confortatis valet. 5. ff. 20-21: Incipit messehallach de coniunctionibus, [Chapter list:] Primum capitulum de ratione circuli et stellarum qualiter operantur in hoc seculo, 2um de diversitate vestigii et operis stellarum in plagis terre…[Text:] Primum capitulum de ratione circuli stellarum et qualiter operantur in hoc mundo dixit messehallach quia dominus altissimus fecit terram ad similitudinem spere…[Capitulum 12um in coniunctione minori,…:] nisi qui prefuerit coniunctioni sit fortuna. Intellige hoc est ultimum eorum que protulimus in hoc libro et cetera ex secretis scientie astrorum perfectus est messehalach translatus a iohanne yspalensi in limina ex arabico in latinum sub laude dei et eius auxilio. Explicit.
Messahalae…Libri tres (Nürnberg 1549), “Epistola,” Fiii-Giii verso.
6. f. 21r-v: Miliaria ptholomei de magnitudinibus corporum celestium et distantiis orbium sunt hec redacta ad theutonica miliaria secundum quod 60 agri faciunt miliare, Unde ambitus terre habet 9100 miliaria theutonica…utrum tam magne sint vel tam distent vide in passionale de ascensione domini Raby moyses dicit ibi et cetera. Sed oportet addiscentem credere. 7. f. 21v: De virtute et proprietate planetarum, Venus et Jupiter sunt fortunati, Mars et Saturnus infortunati…variantur autem hec operationes secundum propinquationem ad centrius capitis nostri et cetera. 8. f. 22: Tables and circular diagram on the zodiac. 9. ff. 22v-25v: De divisione corporis humani secundum planetas in natura eorumdem propria et cum egritudinibus sibi propriis, De corpore quidem humano Saturnus aurem dexterum splenem…De loco epatis et suo significatore et eiusdem virtutibusDe calore et substantia urinede ymbribusde ventisRes perditade diebus creticis…[with a large square table to chart one’s horoscope]…et tristicie nunc aspicit ascendens est quod locorum gaudii saturni, Saturnus enim gaudet in lamentacione planctu et tribulatione.
Paper (Monts, similar to Briquet 11807, Venice, 1487), ff. ii (modern paper) + 25 + ii (modern paper); 315 × 215 (265 × 170) mm. 14 26 3-44(through f. 18) 52(+3, f. 21) 64. Ruled in crayon for approximately 63 lines; in the last 2 quires, the vertical rules occasionally in ink. Written in 3 cursive hands: i, ff. 1-18, 20-21, 22-25; ii, f. 19r-v (arts. 3 and 4); iii, f. 21r-v (arts. 6 and 7). 22 maps or diagrams (those of circle shape 160 or 170 mm. in diameter) of which 2 are across the opening (ff. 6v-7, 7v-8), 2 others are full page (ff. 3v, 11v), and 4 are traced from one side to the other (ff. 3-3v, 9-9v, 10-10v, 13-13v). The diagrams are occasionally outlined in red; initials both within the text and in diagrams stroked in red; some red underlining, brackets, paragraph marks. Bound by Riviere and Son in blue morocco; gilt top edge. Written possibly at Lübeck: the name of that town appears on ff. 4, 6, 14 (twice) and 15v (twice), usually to indicate distance from a given point to Lübeck. The date 1486 occurs on ff. 2v and 9 (three times); on f. 16, the date 1488. The writer refers to himself in the first person on ff. 8v and 12v (see above). Acquired by Henry E. Huntington in February 1926 from Maggs, Cat. 465 “Bibliotheca Americana et Philippina” Pt. IV (1925) n. 2588 with plate of ff. 6v-7.
Secundo folio: et terra eam
Bibliography: A. A. Björnbo, Cartographia Groenlandica. Meddetelsor om Groenland 48 (1912) p. 76 with plate of f. 3. De Ricci, 49.
Abbreviations
Briquet
C. M. Briquet, Les Filigranes: dictionnaire historique des marques du papier…1282 jusqu’à 1600, facs. of the 1907 edition with supplementary material, ed. A. Stevenson (Amsterdam 1968)
De Ricci
S. De Ricci, with the assistance of W. H. Wilson, Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada (New York 1935-37; index 1940)

C. W. Dutschke with the assistance of R. H. Rouse et al., Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library (San Marino, 1989). Copyright 1989.
Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, San Marino, California.
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