ARATUS. PHAENOMENA ET PROGNOSTICA. Interpretibus M. Tullio Cicerone, Rufe Festo Avieno, Germanico Caesare, Una cum Eius Commentariis. C. Iulii Hygini Astronomicon... Coloniae Agrippinae: apud Theodorum Graminaeum, 1569. Folio, (8), 183pp, woodcut title vignette, (repeated post colophon), decorated initials and devices, woodcut illus. throughout. Contemp. vellum, 4 raised bands, early manuscript title at spine and later label, vellum worn over bands, text evenly browned, some marginal foxing, a good, clean copy. ¶ Second edition thus, first published at Paris in 1559 (editio princeps 1499). The Greek didactic poet Aratus of Soli (ca. 315-245 BCE) lived most of his life at the court of the King of Macedonia. His only extant works are two poems (or fragments of a single poem) written in hexamaters. The Phaenomena imitates a prose work on astronomy by Aratus’ contemporary Eudoxus of Cnidus, while the Diosemeia discusses weather prognostication drawing chiefly from Theophrastus. “Although Aratus was ignorant of astronomy, his poem attracted the favourable notice of distinguished specialists, such a Hipparchus, who wrote commentaries upon it... One verse from the opening invocation to Zeus has become famous from being quoted by St Paul (Acts xvii.28)” (EB). The poem is of astrological interest, as well, because its techniques of weather forecasting are similiar to those employed in genethlialogy. The present work is based upon the early Latin translations of Cicero, Avienus, and Germanicus Caesar. Hyginus’ Poeticon Astronomicon, a first century BCE work on the mythical origins of the zodiac figures and based upon the writing of Aratus and Eratosthenes, has been included as a kind of thematic commentary. With elegantly wrought woodcuts of astronomical allegories and constellations. Page 113 misnumbered 103; 149 as 249. Adams 1518. La Lande p.93. Not in Bibliotheca Esoterica, Caillet, or Gardner. $2450.
(Astrology). OROSCOPO O SIA ISTRUZIONE... Illustrata da Prattiche Esperienze... Con un Cabala responsiva Astrifera, coll’Aritmetica Cabalistica, Cabala per gl’Ignoranti, Estrazioni del Lotto di Roma, e di Napoli fatte dal 1750. a questa parte... Asisi: da Ottavio Sgarliglia, 1782. Sm 4to, 152pp, woodcut title vignette, tables and horoscopes throughout. Contemp. quarter calf over marbled boards, gilt label, moderate wear at spine, boards rubbed at extremities, light, mostly marginal foxing, a good copy. ¶ First Edition. This introductory astrological work begins with a theoretical discourse on the Signs, Houses, and Aspects. In addition to ephermeride tables, much of the work provides detailed instruction in performing simplified mathematical calculations for constructing horoscopes and doing “cabalistic arithmetic.” The final chapter presents several quite detailed medicinal recipes including a “miraculous liquor for maintaining health throughout the year.” Not in Bibliotheca Esoterica, Caillet or Gardner. No copies in OCLC or KVK. $1000.
BOEHME, Jacob. MORGENROTE IM AUFGANG. Das ist: die Worzel oder Mutter der Philosophiae, Astrologiae und Theologiae, aus rechtem Grunde, Oder Beschreibung der Natur... Neue Auflage. Berlin und Leipzig: bey Christian Ulrich Ringmacher, 1780. 12mo, xxvi, 360, 4(contents)pp, engr. frontispiece, title in red and black. Contemp. paper-covered wooden boards, gilt label, extremities chipped, occasional light soiling, a good copy. ¶ Later edition of a scarce work. Jacob Böhme (1575-1624), the son of Lutheran peasants, worked as shoemaker until, in 1600, while looking for a polished pewter dish, he suddenly felt that he was being penetrated by the Light of God, by which the core of Nature was revealed. In a burst of insight he realized that God is characterized by numerous antitheses, a revelation that would impress all his thinking and profoundly influence the likes of Newton, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Emerson, Tillich and Carl Jung. Buddecke 118. $750.
[BOEHME, Jakob]. SIGNATURA RERUM: Or the Signature of all Things: Shewing the Sign, and Signification of the severall Forms and Shapes in the Creation: And what the Beginning, Ruin, and Cure of every Thing is; it proceeds out of Eternity into Time, and again out of Time into Eternity, and comprizeth All Mysteries... London: by John Macock for Gyles Calvert, 1651. Sm 4to, (8), 224pp. Cont. calf, worn at extremities, spine ends chipped, joints cracked but cords strong, ink notations at paste-downs and at verso title showing through, occasional pencil and ink marginalia, with a few underlinings, some light soiling, otherwise a good, generally clean and crisp copy. ¶ First Edition in English of perhaps Boehme’s most important book, a work whose publication in England preceded Continental editions by over thirty years. Boehme (1575-1624) was, for Jung, “one of the great and marvellous thinkers and poets whose poetic-philosophic stammerings allow a glimpse into the unfathomable abyss of the unborn and of things yet to be.” His subject matter, by his own characterization, falls into three large divisions: Philosophia, Theologia, and Astrologia, i.e. in the largest sense cosmology, the manifestation of the divine in the structure of the world and of man, to which belongs Signatura Rerum, an essentially alchemical exposition of the microcosm of man. Although Boehme was not an alchemist in the experimental sense, he made use of its terminology for hermetic purposes. “It was [he] who, influenced by alchemy and the Cabala equally, envisaged a paradoxical God-image in which the good and the bad aspects appertain to the same divine being…he was the first to try to organize the Christian cosmos as a total reality, into a mandala” (Jung). The expression of this conception of reality, which in large part is developed in the Signatura, demonstrates the primary effort of Boehme’s philosophy, [which] is to show how material powers are substantially one with moral forces. “This book contains the core of Boehme’s philosophy” (Faber du Faur). Buddecke 119. Faber du Faur 112 (for original German ed. of 1635). Mellon, Alchemy and the Occult, II, pp.304-05. Wing B-3419. $3500.
BORDELON, [l’abbe Laurent]. DE L’ASTROLOGIE JUDICIAIRE. Entretien Curieux... Paris: Louis Lucas, 1689. 12mo, (22),147, (2), (7 index)pp. Quarter calf over marbled boards, gilt spine with morocco label, light wear to extremeties, bookplate and library label, mild dampstaining to lower corners of a few leaves, otherwise a very good copy. ¶ First Edition. A doctor of theology, Bordelon (1653-1730) was a prolific writer; more than two dozen works have been attributed to him, written over a period of 25 years.“Il ne publia que des ouvrages singuliers, avec des titres bizarres” (Caillet). A curious dialogue in which Bordelon’s interlocutors politely debate what can be said in favor of astrology as against the practice’s “superstitieuse vanite” and the “dangereuse faussete de ses predictions.” According to Michaud, Bordelon once remarked in public “que ses ouvrages etaient ses peches mortels, dont le public fait la penitence.” Caillet 1419. Gardner 158. Bibliotheca Esoterica 426. $800.
CAMERARIUS, Johann Rudolph. HORARUM NATALIUM CENTURIA I. ET II. Sive Narratio Historica, Variorum in Vita Casuum, Mirabilium Naturae... In Qua Scientiae Astrologicae Veritas ac Certitudo, Adversus Astrologomastiches, plane & perspicue ostenditur... Francofurti: Sumptibus Egenolphi Emmelli, 1610. Sm 4to, 4, A-Z4, 2A-2I4, 2K2, woodcut title vignette, head- and tail pieces, horoscopes throughout. 19th cent. quarter calf over marbled boards, gilt morocco label, mild wear at spine, manuscript catalog number at title, 1/4-inch chip at fore-margin title, a very good copy. ¶ Second edition, first published in 1607. In the present work Johann Camerarius of Tubingen (1578-1635) presents a collection of 100 horoscopes which identify many of the subjects by name or initials. Gardner 197. Zinner, Astronomischen Lit., 4165. Not in Bibliotheca Esoterica or Caillet. Cf. Houzeau & Lancaster 5047 & La Lande p.147. OCLC notes only 2 copies. $1500.
CARQUILLADE, Pierre de la. PRONOSTIQUE ET PREVOYANCE DES CHOSES RARES ET ESTRANGES. Demonstrees par les corps et influences celestes, Desquelles nous sommes menacez Durant les Annees 1588, 1589, et 1590... [Lyon]: [A. Claudin], (1876). 8vo, 18pp. Aqua wrappers, slightly chipped, author name in manuscript at upper wrapper, mild foxing to wrapper and first 3 leaves, edges lighly browned, otherwise a very good copy. ¶ 19th century reprint of Pierre de la Carquillade’s astrological prognistications. First published in 1585, the present edition contains forcasts for the years 1588-90 only. Not in Bibliotheca Esoterica, Caillet, or Gardner. $150.
[CHEVANNES, R.P. Jacques de]. Jacques d’Autun. L’INCREDULITE SCAVANTE ET LA CREDULITE IGNORANTE. Au Sujet des Magiciens et des Sorciers. Avecque La Response à un Livre Intitulé Apologie pour Tous les Grands Personnages, Qui Ont Esté Faussement Soupçonnés de Magie [by Gabriel Naudé]... Lyon: Jean Molin, 1671. 4to, (1), (1 blank), (38 prelim), 1108, (18 index)pp. Cont. calf, expertly rebacked retaining orig. gilt tooled backstrip, corners repaired, spine with 4 raised bands, borders ruled in blind, woodcut title vignette, head- and tail pieces, old catalogue clipping pasted at ffep, light marginal foxing throughout, some annotations in light pencil, repair at lower corner page 277, lacks final 3 leaves of index, otherwise very good. ¶ First Edition. Born in Autun, Jacques de Chevannes (ca.1608-1678) led a cloistered life as a Franciscan friar. His works, which included a treatise on Eucharistic love and a life of St. Francis of Assisi, suggest a more or less conventional religious sensibility. However, the present work of his later years emerges from the darker confluence of law and religion, inspired by some especially nasty weather. In 1664, after witnessing the destruction of their crops by hail and frost, the distraught Burgundian peasantry feared sorcerers were “altering the air.” A shepherd boy known as the Little Prophet who claimed to detect the devil’s mark in the pupils of those suspected ended up provoking the magistrates’ disbelief. Against this growing scepticism in matters of the occult, Chevannes composed his massive response. As noted in Dorbon, L’Incredulite Scavante was written mainly “pour eclairer les magistrats.” Addressed to the Parliament at Dijon, the work is divided into three parts which treat of the nature of magicians and sorcerers, the methods for detecting them, and the obligation to punish them. He discusses a wide range of occult matters including human commerce with demons, lycanthropy, Sabbath pacts, astrology and other means of divination, occult medicine, and diverse techniques for detecting sorcery, even where malific intent is disguised as natural illness. Chevannes concludes with a long reply to Gabriel Naudé’s 1625 Defense of All the Great Men Who Have Been Falsely Suspected of Magic. Naudé would like to enforce a distinction between the licit and illicit occult realms, thereby redeeming such men as Pythagoras, Alkindi, and Paracelsus from the charge of sorcery by claiming they practiced “natural” magic rather than witchcraft. Chevannes, of course, will have none of this, although in a different context he freely admits “de tous les criminels, les magiciens & les sorciers, sont plus difficiles a connoistre” (L’Incredulite p.427). Caillet 2333. Coumont C58.1 Dorbon-Aine 729. Thorndike VIII pp.568-9. One of the scarcer works in the genre according to Dorbon-Aine, while Caillet claims it to be “absolutely impossible to find.” Krivatsy p.240. Rare: OCLC notes but 5 copies in the US and no copy appears in the auction records since 1978. $3500.
FERRIER, Auger. JUGEMENTS ASTRONOMIQUES SUR LES NATIVITES... Lyon: par Jean de Tournes, 1582. 16mo, 181pp, (4 index), (3 charts), (1 blank), (1 colophon), title vignette, decorative initials and woodcut devices, 1 table. Disbound, mild even embrowning throughout, worming at inner margin, occasional minor loss to text, otherwise a very good, crisp copy. ¶ Second edition, first issued in 1550. Auger Ferrier (ca.1513-1588) was a physician and renowned astrologer. A native of Toulouse, he was a close friend of Julius Scaliger and, according to Sudhoff, served as private physician to Catherine de Medici. Ferrier authored a treatise on critical days “according to Pythagorean doctrine and astronomical observation” (Thorndike VI, p.479) as well as a work on dream interpretation. The present “curious book, dedicated to Queen Catherine de Medici” (Houzeau & Lancaster), proved to be especially popular, appearing in several editions throughout the 16th century. Bibliotheca Esoterica 1617. Caillet 3879. Cartier, De Tournes, 627. Gardner 388. Guaita 319. Houzeau & Lancaster 4849, (noting all editions as ‘rare’). Cf. Adams F312. OCLC notes 4 copies, only one in the US, at Brown. $875.
[GRASSETTI, Giovanni Battista]. TASGRESTI [pseud.]. LA VERA, E FALSA ASTROLOGIA. Con l’aggiunta della vera, e della Falsa Chiromanzia... Dedicata all’Eminentiss. e Reverendiss. Principe, il Sig. Cardinale Flavio Chigi. Roma: a spese di Giuseppe Corvo, 1683. 12mo, (1), (1 blank), (16 prelim), (1 imprimatur), (5 index), 308pp, decorative woodcut of Cardinal Chigi’s coat-of-arms, 3 woodcut illus., 2 horoscope charts. Contemp. full vellum, lightly soiled, manuscript title, library labels, light wear at spine tail, contemp. inscrpts. at ffep, discreet library stamp at title, mild, mostly marginal foxing to first and last leaves, otherwise a very good, fresh copy. ¶ First Edition. The Italian Jesuit Giovanni Grasseti published the present work under the psuedonym “Tasgresti.” His defense of astrology focuses primarily on those elements which we would now consider astronomical. He does concede that the heavens, in addition to producing the tides and influencing the production of metals, have some occult virtue to affect inferior bodies. On the other hand, genethlialogy and judicial astrology have no validity. For Grassetti “the two most efficacious arguments against astrologers are their disagreement as to the rules of their art, and their inability to predict their own misfortunes and deaths...” On the whole, La Vera e Falso Astrologia “is probably a fairly faithful reflection of orthodox Roman Catholic attitude in such matters towards the close of the century. While his attack is directed against the astrologers rather than the influence of the stars, and against predicting the fate of the individual and astrological chiromancy in particular, he says little in favor of astrological medicine or agriculture or weather prediction, although these had not been forbidden by the papal bulls of 1586 and 1631” (Thorndike VIII, pp.341-42). In the latter portion of the text Grassetti disparages the astrological chiromancy of Cocles and John of Indagine, while admitting certain “natural” conjectures to be drawn from the lines and form of the hand. Includes a fine woodcut chiromantic chart with lettered legend. Not in Bibliotheca Esoterica. Not in Caillet, Gardner, or La Lande. OCLC notes only 2 copies. $1250.
HELLWIG, L. Christoph von. DER NACH ART... WOHLEINGERICHTETE HUNDERTJAHRIGE HAUS-KALENDER... I. Ein Grundlicher Unterricht von dem Calender-Wesen... II. Eine Beschreibung der Zwolff Himmlischen Zeichen... III. Monats-Tabellen... IV. Von der Bluthe und Sammlung der Krauter... V. Ein Ross- Vieh- Bienen- und Traum-Buch... VI. Ein Verzeichniss der Vornehmten Messen... Leipzig: Christian Friedrich Gessner, 1764. Sm 8vo, (1), (1 blank), 236pp, engr. frontispiece, 10 tables, 66 woodcut illus. Cont. paper-covered boards, decorated in black and white, manuscript label, mild rubbing, evenly browned throughout, a very good, crisp copy. ¶ Fifth and revised edition. A physician and prolific writer on a wide variety of subjects including chemistry, pharmacology and veterinary medicine, Christoph von Hellwig (1663-1721) is best known for his botanical works. First published in 1743, the Hundred Year House Calendar was reprinted in numerous editions well into the 19th century. In this generously illustrated work Hellwig seeks to provide “complete instruction” in all matters calendrical, including planetary aspect charts and descriptions of the zodiac and dozens of constellations. Planetary influences upon the growth and development of metallic and mineral substances are thoroughly treated along with appropriate times for the collection of flowers and herbs. Gleaning from ancient and contemporary writers, Hellwig provides a month by month digest of household management, including livestock and apiary maintenance. He concludes with a dream book and a catalogue of principle markets and annual fairs. Several of the striking woodcuts illustrate astronomical phenomena, including telescopic images of the Moon, Mars, Saturn, and Jupiter. $450.
JUNCTINUS, Franciscus. [Francesco Giuntini]. SPECULUM ASTROLOGIAE. Quod Attinet ad Iudiciariam Rationem Nativitatum atque annuarum revolutionum: cum nonnullis approbatis Astrologorum sententiis... Rerum catalogum sequens pagina indicabit. [with:] TABULAE RESOLUTAE ASTRONOMICAE, de supputandis siderum motibus, secundum observationes Nicolai Copernici... Lugduni: Sumptibus Phillipi Tinghi Florentini, 1575. 4to, (6), 320ff, woodcut title vignette, woodcut portrait, 2 half-titles, historiated initials, side-notes, tables throughout; 104ff, (11 index), (1 errata and register)ff, half-title, woodcut coat of arms, tables throughout. Contemp. full vellum, lightly soiled, manuscript title at spine, mild, mostly marginal foxing, some neat marginal notations and underlinings, ink stains at bottom half n3, 1/2-inch diag. section trimmed at bottom corner leaves K-N and vv4-zz4, a good copy. ¶ Second edition. Francesco Giuntini (ca. 1522-1590) was born in Florence though he lived most of his life in Lyon. This illustrious and learned astrologer served as chaplain to Francois de Valois, brother to Henri III, King of France. A translator of Claudius Ptolemy’s classic treatise on astrology, the Tetrabiblos, Giuntini is best known for the present work, first published at Lyon in 1573, which Caillet declares to be “le principal monument de l’Astrologie ancienne,” noting the irony that its author, as a Doctor of Theology, was quite scrupulous in submitting his work to the “censure de la Sainte Eglise Catholique.” Giuntini was apparently careful to defend the doctrine of free will: Beneath the table listing the contents of the present work, he reminds us that “Prudence is greater than Fate,” while beneath his own portrait we read that “Fortune is the hand-maid of Virtue.” In the preliminaries to the Speculum Astrologiae, Giuntini provides a chronological listing of 76 learned doctors, spanning 3000 years, from Hermes Trismegistus Aegyptius to Ioannes Stadius, whose works the author draws upon in his magnum opus. Composed of nine sections, the Speculum Astrologiae begins with a general defense of astrology. Nativities, judicial astrology, the fixed stars, eclipses, and comets are then thoroughly treated. Especially fascinating is the calendarium astrologicum, which provides the nativities of several hundred illustrious personages, many of whose dates would otherwise remain unknown. Giuntini concludes with an array of tables calculating celestial movements according to the observations of Copernicus. With fine woodcut portrait of the author, woodcut arms, and several large historiated initials. Text in double columns. Cf. Caillet 5691. Cf. Houzeau & Lancaster 4917. Cf. Adams J-434. Cf. Gardner 511. Cf. La Lande, p.98. Cf. Riccardi I, p.609. Scarce; OCLC notes only 5 copies. $3000.
KERNOT, Henry. BIBLIOTHECA DIABOLICA: Being a Choice Selection of the Most Valuable Books Relating to the Devil; his Origin, Greatness, and Influence... with Some Curious Volumes on Dreams and Astrology. Mansfield Centre: Martino Publishing, n.d. 8vo, 40pp, cloth, fine copy. ¶ Reprint of the scarce original edition of New York, 1874. Kernot chronologically lists about 400 books on the subject, most with brief annotations. Not in Besterman. Catalogue of the Cornell Witchcraft Collection Z5761.K39. $40.
LILLY, W[illiam]. MERLINUS ANGLICUS JUNIOR. The English Merlin revived; or, A Mathematicall prediction upon the Affairs of the English Common-Wealth, and of all or most Kingdoms of Christendom this present yeer, 1644. The Second Edition, Inlarged and cleared from many obscure Passages... London: by R.W. for T.V... 1644. Sm 4to, (2), 22pp, woodcut devices. Recent brown boards, gilt label at spine, edges trimmed closely with some loss to side-notes, otherwise a very good copy. ¶ Revised edition of the first year of Lilly’s famous almanacs, published annually through 1681. During the interregnum, William Lilly (1602-1681) rose to a position of prominence among a coterie of politically controversial writers of almanacs and came to be viewed as the “State-Astrologer.” At this time, “political prophecies, vague and in decline during the first half of the century, once more became a common feature of the almanac... The most daring and successful compilers, such as Lilly, Wharton, Gadbury, and Partridge, comitted themselves to a dangerously partisan position, and all risked imprisonment and even execution.”(Capp, English Almanacs, p. 35) Gardner 671. Houzeau & Lancaster 5161 and 15185. Wing A-1919. Not in Bibliotheca Esoterica, Caillet or La Lande. $1275.
LILLY, William. AN INTRODUCTION TO ASTROLOGY: With Numerous Emendations, Adapted to the Improved State of the Science in the Present Day, [with] A GRAMMAR OF ASTROLOGY and Tables for Calculating Nativities by Zadkiel. London: George Bell & Sons, 1893. 8vo, xiv, 492, 64, (ads 12)pp, with numerous charts, and a fold-out facsimile engraving of the Great Plague published by Lilly in 1651. Red cloth, gilt, spine damaged at top, internally very good. ¶ Modern edition of Lilly’s Introduction to Astrology, first published in 1647. From the library of Hereward Carrington (without indication). Cf. Gardener 693. $85.
(LUCANUS, Ocellus). (TAURUS). (MATERNUS, Julius Maternus). (PROCLUS). TAYLOR, Thomas (trans). ON THE NATURE OF THE UNIVERSE... ON THE ETERNITY OF THE WORLD... OF THE THEMA MUNDI; in Which the Positions of the Stars at the Commencement of the Several Mundane Periods is Given. SELECT THEOREMS ON THE PERPETUITY OF TIME... Introductory Preface by Manly P. Hall. Los Angeles: The Philosophical Research Society, (1976). 8vo, (6), xi, (1 blank), 96pp, frontispiece. Publ. red cloth, gilt lettering at spine, a few marginal pencil notes and underlinings, a very good copy. ¶ Facsimile reprint of Thomas Taylor's original translations, first published at London in 1831. $35.
MANFREDI, Eustachio. EPHEMERIDES MOTUUM COELESTIUM. Ex Anno MDCCXV in Annum MDCCXXV e Cassinianis Tabulis ad Meridianum Bononiae Supputatae... Tomus I - II... Bononiae: typis Constantini Pisarii ad S. Michaelem..., 1715. 2 vols in 1 vol, 4to, (8 prelim), (7 index), (1 imprimatur), 143, (1 errata), 180pp, title in red and black, woodcut illus., decorative devices and initials; (4), 373pp, woodcut illus., decorative devices and initials, 15 hors texte copper plate engr. maps. Cont. quarter vellum over heavy binder’s board, manuscript title, mild edge-wear, light, mostly marginal foxing throughout, light dampstain at bottom margin of a few leaves, a very good, uncut and, save for a few early leaves, unopened copy, clean and crisp, with fine engraved plates. ¶ First Edition. Eustachio Manfredi (1674-1739), the most distinguished member of the well-known family of mathematicians, was professor of mathematics at the University of Bologna. “Encouraged by his father to study philosophy while attending Jesuit schools, he took a degree in law in 1692 but never practiced it. Having shown an early preference for science, he studied mathematics and hydraulics with Domenico Guglielmini and began to study astronomy by himself” (DSB, IX, p.77). Manfredi served throughout his life as the superintendent of waters for Bologna, and directed various hydraulic projects throughout Italy. In 1690 he established the Inquieti, a private academy which in 1714 became the Academy of Sciences of the Institute of Bologna. An avid correspondent with many of the leading mathematicians of Europe, Manfredi published mainly in astronomy. The Ephemerides, one of the author’s most important works, were based upon the as yet unpublished tables of Cassini, his predecessor in the chair of astronomy at Bologna. Intended for practical astronomy rather than astrological use, “the ephemerides were of unusual extent and practicality” (DSB). They include tables listing planetary crossings at the meridian, eclipses of the Jovian satellites, the conjunction of the moon and principal stars, along with maps plotting terrestrial obscuration during various solar eclipses. The work was a great success and Manfredi went on to publish the Novissimae Ephemerides for 1726-1750, after which the work was continued by Zanotti and Matteucci through 1810. An immense and seminal project, Manfredi’s Ephemerides anticipated in many ways the Nautical Almanac of 1766. Finely illustrated with engraved maps depicting solar eclipse obscuration, the transits of Mercury, the lunar surface accompanied by a legend listing craters, and woodcuts of lunar eclipses. Some tables printed in red and black. Houzeau & Lancaster 15461. La Lande p.362. Riccardi I, p.80. Not in Bibliotheca Esoterica. Not in Gardner. $1450.
MANZINI, Carlo Antonio. TABULAE PRIMI MOBILIS. Quibus Nova Dirigendi Ars, et praecipue Circuli Positionis inventio non minus facilis, quam exacta ostenditur: cui accedit Compendium de Directionibs iuxta aliorum methodum per easdem Tabulas absolvendis. Bononiae: typis Thebaldini, 1626. 8vo, (1), (1 blank), (32 prelim), (1), (12 table), (1 blank), 220, (2), (1 imprimatur), (1 blank) pp, engr. illus. title. Contemp. full limp vellum, lightly soiled, manuscript titles at spine and bottom edge, early notations at endpapers, a very good copy. ¶ First Edition. In addition to the present compendium of stellar positions, the Italian astronomer Carlo Antonio Manzini (1599-1677) wrote on the comet of 1664-65. He is best known for his 1660 L’Occhiale all’Occhio, a practical treatise on the design and construction of eyeglasses, and authored as well a polemic against duelling. The lunar crater Manzinus is named in his honor. Houzeau & Lancaster 3027. La Lande p.189. Riccardi I, 96. Not in Gardner.
MAURICE, Thomas. OBSERVATIONS CONNECTED WITH ASTRONOMY AND ANCIENT HISTORY, Sacred and Profane, on the Ruins of Babylon, as recently visisted and described by Claudius James Rich. London: John Murray, 1816-1818. 2 vols (including Appendix), 4to, (4), viii, 164, (5)pp, 4 engraved plates; (6), xvi, 222, (1)pp, 2 engraved plates. Orig. boards with printed labels, rebacked with gilt-lettered calf. Light wear to the boards, otherwise a handsome uncut set. ¶ Only Editon of this fascinating work. The oriental scholar Thomas Maurice (1754-1824) had studied for the law but through his friendship with Samuel Johnson developed an interest in literature. On leaving Oxford he was ordained a curate, and later became keeper of MSS at the British Museum. He was an industrious researcher, and was one of the first to popularise a knowledge of the history and religions of the east. The appendix actually constitutes another volume and is titled Observations on the Remains of Ancient Egyptian Grandeur and Supterstitiojn, as connected with those of Assyria. $1250.
MIZAULD, Antonio. [Mizaldus, Antoninus]. HARMONIA SUPERIORIS NATURAE MUNDI ET INFERIORIS. Una cum admirabili foedere & sympatheia reru utriusq;. Quibus annectuntur Paradoxa doctrinae coelesti accommoda... [with] ERASMI ROTERODAMI, De varia rerum omnis generis Sympathia & Antipathia, Dialogus pulcher & eruditis. Parisiis: ex officina Federici Morelli, 1577. 12mo, (1), (4 prelim), (3 contents), 36ff, woodcut title vignette and devices, side notes. Recent gray boards, hand-lettered title at spine, mild embrowning, light dampstain at top corner, 1/2-inch piece lacking at bottom margin B1, otherwise a very good copy. ¶ First Edition. Antonio Mizauld (1510-78), a friend of Oronce Finé, served as astrologer and physician to Margeurite of Valois. His first published work, a treatise on weather prediction, appeared in 1546. A prolific author, he wrote on comets, gardens, herbs, medicine, and astronomy. Mizauld is best known for his treatises on astrological medicine, Secrets de la Lune (1571), and Harmonia Coelestium Corporum & Humanorum (1555). Like these earlier works, Harmonia Superioris is rooted in the Renaissance discourse on the relation of macrocosm and microcosm. An elegantly printed little work. Adams 1501. Caillet 7613. Not in Bibliotheca Esoterica, or in Gardner (who notes 9 titles by the author). No copy in the auction records and no copy in OCLC. $1250.
MOLITOR, Johannes Horatius. TRACTATUS DE THERMIS Artificialibus Septem Mineralium Planetarum,
in quo... quaestiones celebres thermas nostras attingentes solvuntur, ac quomodo corpus ante usum illarum praeparandum explicatur... Cum duplici Indice Capitum & Rerum. Jena: Excudebat Samuel Krebs, 1676. 12mo, (22), 72, (10 index), (36 aphorisms)pp, additional engr. title, woodcut devices throughout. Contemp. vellum, manuscript title, small worm holes at extremities, early manuscript notes at front paste-down, light foxing, a good copy. ¶ Only edition - rare. Carrere, Eaux Minerales. I, 222: “L’Auteur apprend a faire des bains artificiels avec des metaux prepares aux heures planetaires; mais il fait un secret de la preparation des metaux & des doses auxquelles il les enploye. Il pretned que les effets de ces bains, dans les maladies, sont plus efficaces, que ceux des bains naturels. Il regne, dans cet Ouvrage, beaucoup de superstition & de charlatanerie.” Not in Duveen Balneology. OCLC notes Wellcome and an imperfect copy at the NLM. Our copy is complete with the full set of concluding aphorisms. $1000.
NABOD, Valentin. ENNARRATIO ELEMENTORUM ASTROLOGIAE, in qua Praeter Alcabicii, qui Arabum doctrinam compendio prodidit, expositionem, atq[ue] cum Ptolemaei principiis collationem, rejectis sortilegiis & absurdis vulgoq[ue] receptis opinionibus, de verae artis praeceptorum origine & usu satis disseritur... Cologne: apud haeredes Arnoldi Birckmanni, 1560. 8vo, (1), (1 blank), (29 prelim), (1 blank), 471, (1 errata)pp, woodcut title vignette, tables and horoscopes throughout. Later quarter calf over marbled boards, gilt title, light wear to spine edges and corners, some light embrowning, gentle creasing at top corners throughout, occasional ink marginalia, a good copy with the bookplate of the bibliographer W.A. Copinger. ¶ First Edition. When Valentin Nabod (ca.1510-1593) arrived at Cologne he began teaching mathematics privately as that discipline was not then included in the univeristy curriculum. He was immediately engaged at an annual salary, remunerated for his private lessons, and made ordinary professor. Renowned for calculating the mean annual motion of the Sun, his writings are chiefly devoted to commenting upon Ptolemy and the Arabian astrologers. In the present work Nabod expounds upon the writings of the 10th century Alcabitius (al-Qabîsî) whose works were translated into Latin in the 12th century by Johannes de Luna Hispalensis, and were included in the astronomical curriculum at the University of Bologna by the early 15th century. In this “elementary work on astrology,” Nabod uses the text of Alcabitius as a foundation, “collating it with Ptolemy and rejecting sortilege and absurd vulgar notions” (Thorndike VI, p.119). He notes a variety of controversies including the disagreements of Campanus and Regiomontanus, the Arabs and Ptolemy, as well as between the Alfonsine and Prutenic Tables. Banned by the Catholic Church, the Ennarratio Elementorum Astrologiae deeply influenced William Lilly who wrote in 1634 that “Valentine Naibod’s Commentary upon Alchabitius was one of the profoundest, and that it set him seriously working upon the Jupiter-Saturn conjuctions” (McCaffery, Astrology, p.303). With numerous finely-executed woodcut horoscope charts. Adams N3. Gardner 849. Houzeau & Lancaster 4882. Not in Bibliotheca Esoterica. Not in Caillet or La Lande. OCLC notes only 3 copies (one at the Philadelphia College of Physicians and two in Paris). $2450.
ORIGANUS, David. NOVAE MOTUUM COELESTIUM EPHEMERIDES BRANDENBURGICAE, Annorum LX, Incipientes ab Anno 1595, & desinentes in annum 1655, calculo duplici luminarium, Tychonico & Copernicaeo... Cum Introductione... in qua Chronolgica, Astronomica & Astrologica ex fundamentis ipsis tractantur... [with vol. II] ANNORUM PRIORUM 30 [and with vol. III] ANNORUM POSTERIORUM 30. Francofurti cis Viadrum: apud Davidem Reichardum..., 1609. 3 vols, (106), (2 blank), 790, (1 colophon)pp, woodcut illus., decorative devices and initials, 1 folding chart; [ca.1120]pp, woodcut illus., decorative devices and initials; [ca.1050]pp, woodcut illus., decorative devices and initials. Contemp. full vellum, manuscript titles, light soiling, tears to vellum at spine heads vols. I and III, some early manuscript notes and neat underlinings, mostly marginal light foxing, some leaves moderately embrowned, lacking TT2 and TT5 in vol. II, otherwise a very good, clean set. ¶ Second edition. David Origanus (1558-1628) was professor of mathematics at Frankfurt. Noted chiefly as a compiler of ephemerides and almanacs, he authored the Astrologia Naturalis, published postumously at Marseilles in 1645, and wrote on the comet of 1618. First published in 1599, the Ephemerides Novae were issued at the time when those of Stadius has begun to show great error. “Computed with the greatest diligence from the hypotheses of Copernicus and the Prutenic canons,” (Thorndike, VI, p.61) they were accommodated to the horizon of Frankfurt on the Oder for use with either calendar. In the present work the Prutenic canons of the first edition have been replaced with the newly calculated tables of Tycho Brahe. With titles incorporating portraits of Ptolemy and Pliny within the woodcut borders, fine horoscopes, eclipse illustrations, and a full-page woodcut portrait of the author in Volume III. Gardner 886. Houzeau & Lancaster 14952. La Lande p.150. $2000.
PARTRIDGE, John. MIKROPANASTRON [in Greek] OR AN ASTROLOGICAL VADE MECUM. Briefly Teaching the whole Art of Astrology, Viz. Questions, Nativities, with all its Parts, and the whole Doctrine of Elections, never so Comprised, nor Compiled before; so that the young Student may learn as much here as in the great Volumes of Guido, Haly, or Origanus... London: for William Bromwich, 1679. 12mo, (2), (22 prelim), (1), (14 charts), (3), (4 table), 348pp, engr. frontisportrait, charts and diagrams throughout. Later full diced calf, gilt borders, gilt spine with contrasting morocco labels, mild edge-wear, labels chipped, faint dampstaining to upper board, 1-1/2 inch section at bottom edge of upper board scuffed, owner sig., occasional light soiling and embrowning, a good, crisp copy. ¶ First Edition. A shoemaker’s apprentice, John Partridge (1644-1715) procured a bible and some reference books when he was 18 and taught himself enough Latin to read the works of astrological writers. He later mastered Hebrew and Greek, his first published work being A Hebrew Calendar. The present work was published shortly thereafter and “contains a most effusive dedication to Sir Geo. Wharton”(Gardner 909). The revived interest in political prophesies during the later 17th century secured Partridge’s fame and fortune through the publishing of almanacs. “The most daring and successful compilers, such as Lilly, Wharton, Gadbury, and Partridge, committed themselves to a dangerously partisan position, and all risked imprisonment and even execution”(Capp, English Almanacs, p.35). With regard to astrological practice, Partridge eventually “championed the reformed system of the Italian monk, Placidus de Titis”(Capp, English Almanacs, p.183) “His chief work, ‘Defectio Geniturarum, being an Essay towards the reviving and proving the true Old Principles of Astrology’... remains one of the most elaborate systematic treatises on the subject” (DNB). Wing P-620. Not in Bibliotheca Esoterica, Caillet, or La Lande. $1750.
RAIMONDO, Annibale. OPERA DELL’ ANTICHA, & HONORATA SCIENTIA DI NOMANDIA. Specchio d’Infiniti beni, e mali che sotto il Cerchia della Luna possono all viventi intervenire... Anversa [Antwerp]: [n.p.], 1677. 8vo, 210pp, tables and copper engr. charts (?) throughout. Original wrappers, manuscript title at spine, soiled, lacking one leather tie, mild embrowning at edges, otherwise a very good, wide-margined and uncut copy. ¶ Later edition, first published at Venice in 1549. Annibale Raimondo of Verona (b. 1505 or 1506) wrote on comets, the new star of 1572, the tides, as well as composing astrological predictions in Italian annually from at least 1553 through 1565. The present work presents a system of “divination by names, the letters of which are given numerical values” and by planets and signs of the zodiac “which are again assigned numbers and related to letters of the alphabet” (Thorndike VI, p.473). Curiously, Raimondo’s Opera has the same title as a work ascribed to Gaudentius of Treviso which was placed on the Index in 1559, but survives in a manuscript copy. Gardner 1056, citing eds. 1550 and 1551. Not in Bibliotheca Esoterica or Caillet. $875.
RANTZAU, Heinrich. (Henricus Ranzovius). TRACTATUS ASTROLOGICUS DE GENETHLIACORUM. Thematum Iudiciis pro singulis nati accidentibus... Cum Indice duplici, capitum & rerum. Francofurti: apud Joannem Wechelum, 1593. 8vo, (1), (11 prelim), (4 index), 355, (13 index), (15)pp, woodcut title vignette, medallion portrait, and Rantzau insignia, side notes, 3 folding charts, tables, woodcut devices throughout. Contemp. full vellum, soiled, backstrip perished, but cords sound, bookplate, notations at ffep, occasional mild embrowning, dampstaining at final leaves, otherwise a good copy. ¶ First Edition. Heinrich Rantzau (1526-1598) “occupied the important post of Governor of Holstein, and was celebrated not only for his Astrological writings, but also for his collections of works of art and a famous library of 7000 volumes” (Gardner). The scion of one of the most influencial noble familes in the duchy of Schleswig and Holstein, Rantzau was the patron of numerous scholars throughout the German speaking world and the Netherlands. Considered by Callet to be “l’un de plus complets de traites anciens d’astrologie judiciaire,” the present work proved quite popular. According to Thorndike five Latin editions were published between 1597 and 1615, with a French translation by Jacques Alleaume appearing in 1657. Much of the work deals with the significance of the planets in relation to the zodiac, throughout which Rantzau repeatedly cites Albohali, Schonerus, Cardan, Ringelbergius, Gaurico and the Codice Segebergensi. With medallion portrait of the author. Bibliotheca Esoterica 3889. Caillet 9145 (citing several later editions). Gardner 1068 (citing second edition of 1594 and later editions at 1069). The first edition is rare; no copies in OCLC. $1500.
[RUDHYAR, Dane]. Danield Chenivière. CLAUDE DEBUSSY & SON OEUVRE Paris: Durand, 1913. 8vo, 45 (3)pp. Printed wrappers, a very good, unopened copy. ¶ Rudhyar’s first book, written under his natal name, Daniel Chenivière. This is a later printing, as a footnote to the last page notes Debussy’s death in 1918. $35.
RUDHYAR, Dane. ASTROLOGY FOR NEW MINDS. A Non-Dualistic Harmonic Approach to Astrological Charts... Lakemont, Georgia: CSA Press, (1969). 8vo, wrappers. Very good. ¶ First Edition, warmly inscribed by Rudhyar in 1970. $25.
TITI, Placido. PRIMUM MOBILE, With Theses to the Theory, and Canons for Practice; wherein is Demonstrated, from Astronomical and Philosophical Principles, the Nature and Extent of Celestial Influx upon the Mental Falulties and Corporeal Affections of Man;... Translated by John Cooper. London: Davis and Dickson, [n.d., circa 1815]. 8vo, frontispiece portrait of the author, xv, (1), 462pp. Old calf, rebacked, edges a bit worn, otherwise very good. ¶ First Edition in English. Placido Titi, Italian Monk (d. 1668), philosopher and mathematician to Leopold William Archduke of Austria, was one of the best known astrologers of the seventeenth century. He devised the system of astrological house division which is still in use today. This work was first published in 1647 at Milan under the title Questionum Physiomathematicarum Libri Tres... and again in 1657 at Padua under the title Tabulae Primi Mobilis... The author explains the physical and mathematical parts of astrology and demonstrates them by many diagrams of the Primum Mobile and by thirty natal horoscopes. See Thorndike VII, p.645, VIII, p.302-4 & p.329. Gardner 1227. NUC lists 4 copies. $375.
TRESBENS, Bartomeu de. TRACTAT D’ASTROLOGIA. Text, introduccio i glossari de Joan Vernet i David Romano... I - II. Barcelona: [n.p.], 1957. 2 vols, 8vo, 195pp, half title, b/w frontispiece, tables printed in black and red; 194, (10)pp, horoscope printed in black and red. Full tree calf, gilt spine with contrasting labels, marbled endpapers, date stamp at inner margin page 9 both vols., slight damp warping at top margin last 12 leaves of vol. II, otherwise a nearly fine set in a handsome binding. ¶ First Edition, from the Biblioteca Catalana d’Obres Antigues series, limited to 330 numbered copies. Little is known of Bartomeu de Tresbens, but the introduction cites a reference in Rubio y Lluch’s Documents per l’Historia de la Cultura Catalana Mig-eval which suggests the author was a doctor and expert in astrology. Written during the height of Arab influence in Catalonia, this introductory astrological work has been transcribed from an early manuscript most likely written somewhat before 1373. ¶ Wishing to suppress nationalistic movements in Spain, Franco forbid the publication of works in Catalan and Basque; not surprisingly, the publishers of the present work have chosen to remain anonymous. Not in Bibliotheca Esoterica. Not in Gardner.
WILSON, James. A COMPLETE DICTIONARY OF ASTROLOGY, in Which Every Technical and Abstruse Term Belonging to the Science, Is Minutely and Correctly Explained; and the Various Systems and Opinions of the Most Approved Authors, Carefully Collected and Accurately Defined... Divested of Their Extravagance, Contradictions, and Abusurdities. The Whole Illustrated and Explained by Familiar Examples and Diagrams... A New Edition, Revised and Corrected by the Author. London: by William Hughes..., [n.d., ca. 1830]. 8vo, xxii, 410, engr. frontispiece, 2 hors texte engr. plates. Later half crimson morocco-texture over black pebbled cloth, gilt spine, marbled endpapers, owner sig., a few discreet marginal tape repairs including 3/4-inch repair at bottom margin title, a very good copy. ¶ Later, revised edition. This comprehensive reference “is the best dictionary we have on the subject” (Gardner 1311, citing first edition of 1819). The text includes a wide array of charts and tables along with a variety of detailed examples of mathematical calculations. $300.
WORSDALE, John. CELESTIAL PHILOSOPHY, Or Genethliacal Astronomy, Containing the Only True Method of Calculating Nativities, Made Plain and Easy. London: Longman, & Co., . 8vo, 4, xx, 469, (1, errata)pp, woodcuts and tables in the text. First signature cut down, disbound. ¶ Only Edition. The Lincolnshire astrologer Worsdale wrote Genethliacal Astrology (1796), a Nativity of Napoleon (1805), and the present title which Gardner ranks as a work of high repute. Gardner, Bibliotheca Astrologica, 1322. Cf. McCaffery, Astrology, p.346. $250.
ZINNER, Ernest. DEUTSCH UND NIEDERLANDISCH ASTRONOMISCHE INSTRUMENTE DES 11.-18. JAHRHUNDERTS. Munchen: C.H. Beck’sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, (1979). 8vo, x, 689pp, 80 plates. Blue cloth, dust jacket. Fine. $200.
ZINNER, Ernst. GESCHICHTE & BIBLIOGRAPHIE DER ASTRONOMISHEN LITERATUR IN DEUTSCHLAND ZUR ZEIT DER RENAISSANCE. Leipzig: Karl W.Hiersemann, 1941. Large 8vo, red cloth. ¶ Besterman 594. $300.