SAVONAROLA, Girolamo. Opera Singolare ... contra l'Astrologia divinatrice in corroboratione delle refutatione astrologice del S. conte Joan. Pico de la Mirandola, Con alcune cose dil medemo di nuouo aggionte.
Third edition of the rare work againt astrology.
Girolamo Savonarola was an Italian Dominican friar and preacher active in Renaissance Florence.
On 12 May 1497, Pope Alexander VI excommunicated Savonarola.
Under torture Savonarola confessed to having invented his prophecies and visions, then recanted, then confessed again.
He was condemned as heretics and schismatics, and sentenced to die and burned .
In this short treatise, Savonarola states that astrology is not only contrary to the Holy Scriptures, but also vain and that it deserves neither the name of science nor that of art, but that of human error and diabolical superstition.
The rare first edition.
Librarian of Richelieu and Orientalist, Gaffarel is considered as the principal representative of the Christian kabbalah in the XVIIth century
In this work of magic, divination and astronomy with strong references to the Kabbalah, Gaffarel defends the Hebrews against the reproaches that Christians usually make, he wrote on the art of talismans in Persia, horoscopes and the astrology of the ancients as well as the astronomy and the Hebrew alphabet.
The two folding plates represent the Celestial Hebrew alphabet.
Fine copy in a binding from LE GASCON (similar binding was in the library of Maurice Burrus (n°51)).
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
First edition of the French translation of the Tetrabiblos of Ptolemy.
The Tetrabiblos was the most famous astrological work of antiquity.
He provided explanations of the astrological effects of the planets, according to their aspects.
Presentation copy with the arms of the translator, Nicolas Bourdin, on this copy he offered to Monsieur de Saint Léger. (bound at the end a letter of four pages from Bourdin to Saint Léger).