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Bod-Inc: A-220

Alphonsus X, Rex Castellae

Tabulae astronomicae.


Analysis of Content

a2r Johannes de Saxonia: Canones in Tabulas Alphonsi. Incipit: ‘[T]empus est mensura motus primi mobilis, ut vult Aristoteles .iiii. phisicorum. Cum igitur motum scire desideramus, necessaria est nobis temporum precognitio . . .’ Les Tables Alphonsines avec les canons de Jean de Saxe, ed. Emmanuel Poulle (Paris, 1984), 30-104. See Grażyna Rosińska, Scientific Writings and Astronomical Tables in Cracow: A Census of Manuscript Sources (XIVth/XVIth Centuries), Studia Copernicana, XXII, no. 2227; Thorndike III 253, 257; Thorndike–Kibre 1560-1.

b3v ‘Additio.’ Incipit: ‘[M]odum inueniendi partem proportionalem subiungere. Notandum quod omnis arcus quod inuenitur in tabulis mediantibus . . .’ Johannes de Saxonia, Cánones para las tablas de los movimientos de los cuerpos çelestiales del Iluxtrisimo Rey don Alonso de Castilla seguidas de su Additio, ed. José Martínez Gázquez (Murcia, 1989), 91-145.

c1r Alphonsus X, Rex Castellae [pseudo-]: Tabulae astronomicae. Incipit: ‘[T]abula differentiarum vnius regni ad aliud et nomina regum atque cuiuslibet ȩrȩ cognitȩ . . .’ Les Tables Alphonsines (1984), 107-84. See Rosińska, Scientific writings, 463, no. I,1. The authorship is disputed by Emmanuel Poulle, ‘Les Tables Alphonsines sont-elles d'Alphonse X?', in De Astronomia Alphonsi regis. Proceedings of the Symposium on Alfonsine Astronomy held at Berkeley (August 1985) together with other papers on the same subject, ed. Mercè Comes, Roser Puig, and Julio Samsó (Barcelona, 1987), 51-70. On the early printed editions see Owen Gingerich, ‘The Alfonsine Tables in the Age of Printing', in De Astronomia Alphonsi regis, 89-95.


Imprint: [Venice]: Erhard Ratdolt, 4 July 1483. 4°.


Collation: a–l8 m6.

Illustrations: Woodcut initials and two diagrams.


ISTC: ia00534000

GW: GW 1257;

Hain: H *868;

Goff: Goff A‑534;

BMC: BMC V 287;

Proctor: Pr 4389;

Others: CIBN A‑278; Essling 302; Oates 1754; Redgrave 34; Sander 277; Sheppard 3675-6.

LCN: 14424032


Copy number: A-220(1)

Binding: Nineteenth-century half brown morocco for the Bodleian Library.

Size: 239 × 176 × 19 mm.

Size of leaf: 233 × 164 mm.

Occasional sixteenth/seventeenth-century marginal notes. On a1r an astronomical note in a sixteenth/seventeenth-century hand, incipit: ‘Arcus diurnus sic inuenitur: omni hora scias in quo gradu est sol . . .’

Provenance: Purchased on 2 May 1891 from Leo Samuel Olschki (1861-1940) for 75 Fr.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 7Q 4.9.

Copy number: A-220(2)

Wanting the blank leaf a1.

Binding: Eighteenth-century quarter calf.

Size: 225 × 161 × 20 mm.

Size of leaf: 218 × 152 mm.

Initials and paragraph marks are supplied in red.

Provenance: Robert Finch (1783-1830); printed label. Bequeathed to the University by Finch; apparently not in Finch catalogue. Transferred from the Taylor Institution in 1921.

SHELFMARK: Inc. e. I4.1483.1.

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