Alchabitius [Al-Qabisi, Abu Al-Saqr 'Abd Al-'Aziz Ibn 'Uthman Ibn 'Ali] (d. 967) Preclarum Summi in Astrorum Scientia Principis Alchabitii Opus ad Scrutanda Stellarum. Venice: Melchior Sessa & Petrus de Ravanis, 18 June 1521. Quarto, with Sessa's woodcut printer's mark on title (cat with mouse), printed in gothic type throughout, with text diagrams and crible initials; contemporary parchment-covered boards, remnants of clasps, first signature detached, another title with which this work was originally bound was likely removed, 8 1/2 x 6 in.
This work is thought to be a section from the Al-madkhal ila sina'at ahkam al-nujum [Introduction to the Practice of Astrology] entitled De Planetarum Coniunctionibus, which was formerly attributed to Alchabitius. The Latin translation was done by Joannes Hispalensis; the commentary by Johannes de Saxonia. The text may even be erroneously attributed to Al-Qabisi, who seems to have died before it was written. Our possibly spurious text was only published once before, by Ratdolt in 1485.
a-h8 (original blank h8 present).
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