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Lot nr:952
Book nr:32877
Author:(LICHTENBERGER, Johann)
Title:Pronosticatio in Latino. Rara & prius non audita: quae exponit & declarat nonnullos coeli ifluxus: & inclinationem certarum constellationum ...
Town:Venice
Publisher:Nic. et Dom. dal Jesu
Year:(1511, 23 Aug.)
Description:Small 4to, with woodcut printer's device on title-page, 45 woodcuts (some full-page) in text and woodcut initials. The first woodcut depicts figures who have received divine inspiration: Ptolomy, Aristotle, a Cumaean sibyl, St. Bridget, and Reinhard the Lollard. Printed maniculi in the margins. Some staining, annotated in a 16th c. hand, otherwise a good copy. Modern half red morocco, gilt tile on spine
Note:Bookplate Bibliotheca Broxbourniana, ex dono Albert Ehrman. (Sold by Sotheby's in 1931)
Ref. Essling 1252, Sander 3968, STC Italian, p. 358, cf. Brunet III, 1071 (other ed.). Machiels L-236. Not in Adams. Ref. J. Green: Printing and Prophecy: Prognostication and Media Change (U. of Michigan Press, 2012), p. 39-61.
A celebrated collection of predictions (until 1567) which first appeared in 1488, in Heidelberg. All editions are scarce, a reprint was issued in 1890. The author's name is found on f. 5v, in an 'oratio authoris'. Johann Lichtenberger (died in 1503) was a German court astrologer. Roman catholics considered him to be a false prophet, Luther believed he was a prophet. (Thorndike IV, p.474)
'Prognosticatio in Latino' was one of the most wide-spread and influential astrological-prophetic texts of the late Middle-Ages and early-modern era. It begins with a treatise on the nature of prophetic astrology, then delves into three aspects: the destiny of the Church, the future of the Empire (including the threat from the Turks), and the fate of the laity
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