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    An Extremely Rare First Edition of a Work on Planetary Divination

    [Geomancy] [Jacob Koebel?]. Geomantia: Eyn kunst des warsagens die bey den allte(n) in geheyn und grossen wirden gehalten ist worden durch welche auch vil zükünsstigerding es fey zü glück odder zü unsal eröffnet werden Unnd das alles leychtlich durch rechnunge der Planeten stunden unnd des menschen namen der do etwas künsstigs zü wissen begeret aussgerschnet mag werde(n)... Mainz: Peter Jordan, 1532. First edition. Small quarto. A - E4. 20ll. Full-page fine engraving of planetary and emblematic figures signed "MF" (Nagler IV,1776 a Strassburg master of unknown name). Modern full limp vellum with ties, repaired tear on title-page, old owner's stamps removed, some foxing, occasional old stains. Still, a very good copy.
    VD 16 G1314. Wellcome I, 2746 (1534 edition). Graesse III, 52 (1534 edition). Kloss Sale 4094. This work is lacking from all our occult bibliographies as well as astronomical works-- Zinner and Houzeau/ Lancaster; and from standard collections -- Adams and the BM STC; etc. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    [Geomancy] Koebel, Jacob? Geomantia: Eyn kunst des warsagens die bey den allte(n) in geheyn und grossen wirden gehalten ist worden durch welche auch vil zükünsstigerding es fey zü glück odder zü unsal eröffnet werden Unnd das alles leychtlich durch rechnunge der Planeten stunden unnd des menschen namen der do etwas künsstigs zü wissen begeret aussgerschnet mag werde(n)... Mainz: Peter Jordan, 1532. 4to. A-E4. 20ll. Modern limp vellum with ties, repaired tear on t.p., old owner's stamps removed, foxing, occ. old stains. Full-page fine engraving of planetary and emblematic figures signed "MF". Nagler IV,1776 a Strassburg master of unknown name. First Edition.

    Extremely rare first edition of this work on planetary divination. OCLC only finds copies of the second edition at the Warburg Institute and the Wellcome Library and none in the US. Jordan printed this second edition in 1534 with a new title "Geomantia: Küstlicher und rechtshaffner gebrauch der alten kleynen Geomancey mit welcher durch hilff der Rechnung und der merschen Tauffnamens sampt der Planeten..." Which may textually agree with this but, again, may be a separate work. [See the copy of the illustration in the 1534 book shown in Olschki's Choix 3424 which is completely different from this.] This researcher would like to offer that the author might be Jacob Koebel (1470-1533) who authored numerous books on astrology, mathematics, etc. and, according to Thorndike issued an annual prediction for 1523 (Thorndike V, 330-1) Moreover, in 1535 Jordan issued his work on astrolabes and in 1522 his "Von urspu(n)g der Teylu(n)g (which he also published anonymously). The anonymity of these works could be because of the disrepute divinatory sciences were held (eventually ending on the Index). Thorndike notes that these sort of books often are in vernacular languages for that reason.

    VD 16 G1314. Wellcome I, 2746 (1534 edition) Graesse III,52 (1534 ed.) Kloss Sale 4094. This work is lacking from all our occult bibliographies; astronomical works-- Zinner and Houzeau/ Lancaster; and from standard collections--Adams and the BM STC; etc.



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