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    Cardano on Natural Science

    Cardan [Cardano] and Girolamo [Jerome, or Hieronymus]. Hieronumi Cardani Mediolanensis Medici De Rerum Varietate Libri XVII. Adiectus est capitum, rerum & sententiarum notatu dignissimarum index. Basel: Heinrich Petri, 1557. First edition. Two octavo volumes. 2a-2b8, A-Z8, a-s8, t2, t3-t8, aA-zZ8, 2A-2K8. [30], 658, 659-1194, [64] pages. Woodcut portrait on verso of title, text woodcuts, full page plate of chiro-hand, and two folding plates. Decorated initials. Lacks volvele plate, (often missing). Later green German paper boards, with title labels. Binding slightly worn. Slightly skewed. Some underlining and notes to outer margins in old ink. umped corners. Overall, clean and crisp.
    VD 16: C 920. IA 132. 071. Bietenholz 142. Durling 844. Duveen 117 ("A scarce edition"). STC 182. Wellcome I, 1298. Cantamessa I: 830. Wolfenb├╝ttel 313. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Cardan (Cardano), Girolamo (Jerome, or Hieronymus). Hieronumi Cardani Mediolanensis Medici De Rerum Varietate Libri XVII. Adiectus est capitum, rerum & sententiarum notatu dignissimarum index. Basel: Heinrich Petri, 1557. 8vo. 2 vols. 2a-2b8, A-Z8, a-s8, t2, t3-t8, aA-zZ8, 2A-2K8 (30), 658, 659-1194, (64)p. Later green German paper boards, slightly worn, with title labels. Spines leaning. Some underlining and notes to outer margins in old ink, otherwise clean and crisp. Woodcut portrait on verso of title, text woodcuts, full page plate of chiro-hand, and two folding plates. Decorated initials. Lacks volvele plate, (often missing). First edition.

    "Cardano (1501-1576) published two encyclopedias of natural science. The two works, written in an elliptical and often obscure Latin contain a little of everything: from cosmology to the construction of machines; from the usefulness of natural science to the evil influence of demons; from the laws of mechanics to cryptology. It is a mine of facts, both real and imaginary; of notes on the state of the sciences; of superstition, technology, alchemy, and various branches of the occult...Cardano must always be credited with having introduced new ideas that inspired new investigations." (DSB).

    This book is the sequel to Cardano's de subtilitate (1550), equally treating both physical (geology, chemistry, flora, fauna, human nature, etc.) and metaphysical subjects (occultism, divination, demons,..). Chapter 98 is entitled "bibliothecae, ac libri, variaque antiquae magnificentiae exempla". Illustrated with the author's portrait dated 1553, a folding woodcut showing an astronomical model and with some pictures related to mathematics and physics in text.

    VD 16:C 920. IA 132.071. Bietenholz 142. Durling 844. Duveen 117 ("A scarce edition"). STC 182. Wellcome I, 1298. Cantamessa I: 830. Wolfenb├╝ttel 313.



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