Very rare first french edition of one of the most comprehensive and esteemed treaties of astrology.
Our copy contains the eight pages "de la façon de construire la figure céleste" which are often missing.
This Elsevier edition, is illustrated with an engraved frontispiece - representing the decapitation of King Charles I of England and the Fire of London - and a portrait of Nostradamus.
The portrait is "before the legend." This state is very rare, not mentioned in the bibliograpihies
Very nice copy in a morocco binding richly gilded signed Capé.
Rare treaty on witchcraft and magic of the sixteenth century.
Lyon first edition (first in 1591), well complete with the last blank leaf (with old manuscript notes).
The book is divided into three parts. The first deals with different aspects of magic, the second is about dreams and their interpretation and the last on astrology.
Anonymous astrological manuscript of the eighteenth century, never published.
After an introduction in which the author presents the principles of Astrology (planets, houses, zodiacal signs, ..), the manuscit is tevoted to the theme of a woman whom the author claims never to have meet.
The theme is divided into three parts. The first gives the stars the day of birth (in 1688) of the subject. The second, which the author calls "the root", describes the major influences surrounding this woman's life (life expectancy, temperament, spirit, morals, family, marriage, wealth, happiness, honor, travel, friends, enemies , illness, death). The last part gives predictions years after years - beginning to 8 year-old and ending at the predicted time of his death, at age 79 the 22th of January 1767, with the facts that should happen throughout his life.
It's hard to know if this manuscript, is a case study or theme of a real person.
It is rare to find such manuscript, a true testimony of astrology as it could be practiced in the eighteenth century.
This rare treaty of dream interpretation - Oneirokritika in Greek - is the only ancient Greek civilization work on this subjet, to have survived in full.
Artemidorus make a detailed technical treaty that was extremely popular during the Middle Ages.
Freud wrote on the great importance of this book in its "Die Traumdeutung".
FAYOL, Jean-Baptiste. L’Harmonie céleste découvrant les diverses dispositions de la nature, ouvrage physique et mathématique nécessaire à toutes sortes de gens pour discerner les erreurs de Mr. Descartes.
First edition, with three woodcuts in text.
Curious work on medical astrology.
Fayol explains, the influences of the stars, the forms of disease, prognosis, and specific remedies depending on influences of the stars.
QUINTI, Joseph. Les admirables secrets de la médecine chimique qu'il a recueillis avec beaucoup de soin & de travail : lesquels ont été plus d'une fois expérimentez par lui-même en plusieurs infirmitez, & maladies dangereuses.
Rare first edition.
Ferguson says that it's a translation of a collection of secrets by Domenico Auda.
Works divided into four books containing formulas on hermetic medicine, recipes for removing stains, to recognize if the coral, porcelain and pearls are counterfeit, for making varnishes, lacquers, stains, perfumes, ...
The last book is dedicated to the astrology useful and necessary for doctors.