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    An Interesting Eighteenth-Century Manuscript of Nostradamus' Predictions

    [Michel de Nostradamus (or) Thomas-Joseph Moult (Tomamaso Giuseppe), attributed to]. Manuscript [Propheties Perpetuelles depuis 1521 jusqu'a la fin du monde.] [France, n.d., ca. 1740.] Folio. Approximately 13.25 x 8.25 inches. [2 blank], 22, [2 blank] leaves. With a smaller inserted leaf of notes. In dark brown or black ink, generally thirty five lines in text with corrections, in a fine readable cursive hand. Bound in modern full sheep, title gilt on cover. Binding somewhat scuffed. Some scattered stains in text, some wear and archival restoration on most leaves, long closed tear on first leaf. Two-page description of the work on an inserted leaf at front by Alexandre Volguine (see below). Bookplate of Daniel Ruzo, (1900-1991) Peruvian archaeologist and Nostradamus collector. This is an important contemporary manuscript of this Nostradamian collection of prophecies and deserves further study. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Nostradamus, Michel de [or] Moult, Thomas-Joseph [Tomamaso Giuseppe], attrib. Manuscript [Propheties Perpetuelles depuis 1521 jusqu'a la fin du monde.] [France:] [c1740.] Folio. 337 x 215mm. [2 blank], 22 leaves, [2 blank]. With a smaller inserted leaf of notes. Modern sheep, title gilt on cover, scuffed, scattered stains, some archvial restauration on most leaves, long closed tear on first leaf. 2 page description of the work on an inserted leaf at front by Alexandre Volguine (see below). Bookplate of Daniel Ruzo, (1900-1991) Peruvian archaeologist & Nostradamus collector. In dark brown/black ink, c35 lines in text with corrections, in a fine readable cursive hand.

    The attribution of this work to a Neapolitan author Thomas-Joseph Moult in the 18th century has been demonstrated to be an error in attribution. Jacques Heilbronn in his masterful discussion demonstrates that the ascription is a false one and he result of a series of mis-readings. [see his on-line discussion at http://cura.free.fr/xx/17halb11.html].

    The work on which the later editions is based is actually a work of the 16th century and contemporaneous with Nostradamus. Volguine [whose manuscript this was] in his facsimile edition of Moult in 1941 declared that the author was actually Nostradamus. In our copy, Volguine appends a long note on this work and gives his and Daniel Ruzo's [who owned this same manuscript at a later date] reading of the work on the basis of existing manuscripts. [The note is dated 6 November 1961.]

    The 1740 edition of the pseudo-Moult was very popular and went through a number of editions and was quite influential[see Chomarat 399-409; Benzara 305ff.]

    This is an important contemporary manuscript of this Nostradamian collection of prophecies and deserves further study.

    Alexandre Volguine (1903-1976) "...was perhaps the leading figure in twentieth-century French astrology, though he was born in Alexandria, Russia, and only came to France in his youth. In 1938, he founded an excellent astrological journal, Les Cahiers Astrologiques, which he edited until his death...

    Volguine continued editing his astrological journal despite severe twelfth-house problems during his lifetime, including imprisonment in a concentration camp during WWII, and various periods of illness and hospitalization."[Gavin Kent McClung, "A Salute To Our Heritage: What Makes A True Astrologer?" Dell Horoscope, June, 2000.]



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