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    Manuscript Transcription of a Rare
    Astrological Work

    [Manuscript]. Maurtius de Flisco [Maurizio di Fieschi]. De Fato Decas De Fato Annisque Fatalibus Tam Hominibus Quam Regnis Mundi. Late 17th Century-Early 18th Century Transcription of the 1665 Original Text. Folio. [2 blank], 338 [including 4 (=8 pages) blank leaves], [4 blank] pages. Written in brown ink in a fine legible cursive hand, roughly thirty-four lines per page. Drawing on title page in imitation of the emblematic device on the printed title page, large text geniture charts. Modern half blue morocco over lightly scratched marbled boards, spine sun faded, corners bumped, some slight rubbing; untrimmed with deckled edges, three leaves at the front are repaired and folded at the edge with some minor losses, some blue paper used, else in very good condition. Watermarks: Fleur-de-lis; "scrollwork F?S"; Crown and arms? We have been unable to find any of these to match our identification sources. This attractive manuscript is a transcription of the printed edition published by Schonwetter in 1665. Houzeau/Lancaster and Caillet both call the work "rare" and that must have been the reason that an early student transcribed the whole work. For the printed edition: Houzeau/Lancaster 5260. Caillet 4019. VD 17 23:2412805. Strap, Schonwetter 280 (Archiv fur Geschichte des Buchwesens I, 38.) Gardner, Astrologica, 411. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    [Manuscript]. Maurtius de Flisco [Maurizio di Fieschi]. De Fato Decas De Fato Annisque Fatalibus Tam Hominibus Quam Regnis Mundi. Late 17th Century-Early 18th Century Transcription of the 1665 Original Text.

    Folio. [2 blank], 338 [including 4 (=8 pages) blank leaves], [4 blank] pages. Written in brown ink in a fine legible cursive hand, roughly thirty-four lines per page. Drawing on title page in imitation of the emblematic device on the printed title page, large text geniture charts. Modern half blue morocco over lightly scratched marbled boards, spine sun faded, corners bumped, some slight rubbing; untrimmed with deckled edges, three leaves at the front are repaired and folded at the edge with some minor losses, some blue paper used, else in very good condition. Watermarks: Fleur-de-lis; "scrollwork F?S"; Crown and arms? We have been unable to find any of these to match our identification sources.

    "The work which Count Mauritius de Flisco published in 1665 on fate and fatal years of men and kingdoms was classed by Morhof under superstitious astrology. In its preface the author tells of his other youthful astrological writings. Numerous genitures which are given include those of Giovanni Maria Visconti, born in 1388, Savonarola, Stoeffler, Pico della Mirandola, Cocles, Henries III and IV of France, and Gustavus Adolphus. A dozen pages or so are devoted to physiognomy, metoposcopy, and chiromancy, and as many more to prodigies and portents. Other topics considered are critical days and climacteric years, comets, and eclipses, fate in numbers and cubes of numbers, fate in kingdoms and the fall of Rome." -Thorndike

    This attractive manuscript is a transcription of the printed edition published by Schonwetter in 1665. Houzeau/Lancaster and Caillet both call the work "rare" and that must have been the reason that an early student transcribed the whole work. For the printed edition: Houzeau/Lancaster 5260. Caillet 4019. VD 17 23:2412805. Strap, Schonwetter 280 (Archiv fur Geschichte des Buchwesens I,38.) Gardner, Astrologica, 411.



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