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AbrahamAvenezra,Liberdenativitatibus Author:AbrahamIbnEzra(fl.ca.11401160,mainlyinItalyandFrance).

. Original title: the Liber de nativitatibus, which can be dated to 1154 on the basis of internal evidence,appearstohavebeenoriginallycomposedinLatin,mostprobablybyAbrahamIbn Ezra himself or under his supervision (see Smithuis). It is therefore not likely to be a translationofalostHebrewversionofAbrahamsSeferhaMoladot(BookofNativities,1148) madebyHenriBateofMalines,aswassuggestedbySela.TheSeferhaMoladotwastranslated twice into Latin, by Peter of Abano around the end of the 13th century (as Liber nativitatum et revolutionumearum)andbyLudovicusdeAnguloin1448(asTractatusdenativitatibus). Significance: the Liber de nativitatibus is extant in at least four manuscripts and one printed edition. Contents: this work explains how to interpret a nativity (birth horoscope) in twelve chapters corresponding to the twelve houses. Several authorities are quoted, including Hermes, Ptolemy,Andruzagar,Messahallah,Zael,andAlbumasar. Reproduction: Venice, Erhardus Ratdolt, 1484 [Warburg FAH750], sig. a2rc4v. This volume also includes Henri Bate of Maliness Compositio astrolabii (sig. c5rd6r), which has been retainedinthepresentonlineedition. Title:IncipitliberAbrahamIudeidenativitatibus. Inc.: Dixit quoque Abraham Iudeus: Optimum instrumentorum ad inveniendum gradum orienteminnativitatibus[TK,1015]. Expl.: ... et pecudibus iudicat singuli secundum proprium. Explicit feliciter liber Abraham Iudei utilissimus in ea parte astrologie que de nativitatibus tractat, cum figuris exemplaribus singulisdomibusantepositis. Bibliography: L. Thorndike, The Latin Translations of the Astrological Tracts of Abraham Avenezra, Isis, 35, 1944, pp.293302 (pp. 297298); S. Sela, Abraham Ibn Ezra and the Rise of Medieval Hebrew Science, LeidenBoston, 2003, pp. 6264; R. Smithuis, Science in Normandy and England under the Angevins: The Creation of Abraham Ibn Ezras Latin Works on AstronomyandAstrology,inHebrewtoLatin,LatintoHebrew:TheMirroringofTwoCulturesin the Age of Humanism. Colloquium held at the Warburg Institute, London, October 1819, 2004, ed. G. Busi, BerlinTorino, 2006, pp. 2359 (esp. pp. 3446); R. Smithuis, Abraham Ibn Ezras Astrological Works in Hebrew and Latin: New Discoveries and Exhaustive Listing, Aleph, 6, 2006,pp.239338(pp.251252). (NoticebyDavidJuste)