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    [Featured Lot]. Gherardo Da Cremona. Gerard of Cremona [misattributed to Gerardus Sablonetanus, the younger] and Luc Antoine Sieur de Salerne. Geomancie Astronomique... Pour Savoir les Choses Passees, les Presentes, & les Futures. Paris: Chez L'Auteur, 1679 [bound with:] La Geomancie Et Nomancie Des Anciens Cabalistique. Avec L'Heure du Berger Mises en Francois. Dernier Edition. Paris: Laurent D'Houry, 1687. Paris: Chez L'Auteur & Laurent D'Houry, 1669-1687. Krown & Spellman retail: $800.
    12mo. 2 works in 1 vol. a6, A-L12; a6, A-F12. [Lacks F10-12, table replaced by manuscript table]. [12],258,[7].[12],138,[3 ms]pp. Contemp. calf, spine banded, gilt, chipped in bottom compartment, hinges split but binding solid, corners opened; edges speckled red, lacks f.f.e.p., minor edge stains, paper lightly toned. Tables and astrological charts. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

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    Gherardo (1114-1187) "was one of the most prolific translators of scientific and philosophical works from Arabic in the Middle Ages...Through their abundance, subject matter, and quality, Gerard's translations made a decisive contribution to the growth of Medieval Latin science. The impact of his work was felt well into the early modern period." There has been some discussion whether he is actually the author of this geomantical work (See the discussion in the DSB Suppl. p186 & 189. Also see: Therese Charmasson in her Recherches Sur Une Technique Divinatoire: La Geomancie Dans L'Occident Medieval, Geneva & Paris, 1980, who also covers these discussions in some detail with a full discussion of the text.) The number of texts in the Middle Ages of this text shows it was "tres utilise au cours du Moyen Age." "Ce traite est sans doutr celui qui fait le plus de place a l'astrologie, et qui s'efforce de rattacher le plus etroitement la geomancie a l'astrologie." Charmasson. We know little of Luc Antoine de Salerne except for his translation of Gerard and his work on geomancy. Some sources attribute his Geomancie et Nomancie to Gerardus Sablonetanus, the Younger but this seems a misattribution. The work is an explanation of what our author calls ancient geomancy and is a companion piece to his translation of Gerard of Cremona's work. They are occasionally found bound together, especially in the later printings, and were available as companion works. Both works are uncommon in institutional collections and are frequently found incomplete. Gardner, Astrologica, 502. "A fine work on Astrological Geomancy, showing Geomantic Characters can be treated Astrologically. A number of modern works are copied from this." Caillet 4489 "Tres rare ouvrage." & 9841"rare." Esoterica 1852 (bound as this is with both works). Krivatsy/NLM 4670 (inc.). Wellcome II,107. Houzeau & Lancaster 4128. Charmasson 324 (1661 ed.) Goldsmith 17th c. French G340. Cantamessa 1785.

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