Claude Salmasius [Saumaise]. De Annis Climactericis Et Antiqua Astrologia Diatribe. Leiden: Officina Elzevier [Abraham & Bonaventura Elevier], 1648. Krown & Spellman retail: $850. First Edition, first state. 8vo. a-3H8 [incl 3H8, blank]. [136],844,[18]pp. Contemporary. vellum with yapp fore-edge, 19th c. Russian bookplate, old stamp on t.p. erased with a little damage, nice copy. Elzevir device on t.p., t.p. in red and black, head-pieces, decorated initials, text cuts and astrological charts. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

    More Information: "Another attack upon astrology from an authoritative quarter was made by Claude Saumaise, or Salmasius, the great French classical scholar...Gui Patin, in a letter to Spon of May 8, 1648, says that a bookseller in Paris who received twenty copies sold them within four days...The vanity and unreliability of astrology, Saumaise maintains, are shown by the disagreement between astrological authors, by the fact that the present art differs from the ancient, which is today unknown, and by the gross errors made by Arabic translators... Moreover, the signs of the zodiac are mere creations of human imagination... The arguments of Saumaise against Astrology were, on the one hand fresher and more original than those of most opponents of that art, and, on the other hand, more historical and scholarly, attacking astrology from a factual and linguistic, instead of a primarily rational or religious standpoint ." [Thorndike] STCN 164808. Willems 644. Rahir 644 (verso of t.p. is blank). Berghman 679. Gardner, Astrologica, 1129. Caillet  9918. Casanatense 1087. Graesse VI,249. Krivatsy/NLM 10273. Thorndike VII,103-104. Esoterica 4375.  Cantamessa 4052.

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