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    A Compilation of Ancient and Medieval Works on Astronomy

    Firmin De Beauval. [Firminus de Bellavalle]. Firminus repertorium de mutatione Aeris Tam Via Astrologica, quam metheorologica, pristino nitori restitutum, per Philippum Iollainum Blereium, cum scholiis eiusdem. Paris: Jacques Kerver, 1539. First Edition with Jollain notes, second overall. Folio. A4 B-N6 O8. [O8 blank, lacking]. [4], 79, [1] leaves. Astrological tables in the text. Kerver's printer's device with two cocks (Silvestre 52). In a recent vellum binding using an old antiphonal leaf with vellum ties, replaced endpapers, washed, the leaves show some soiling along edges but are generally clean and bright. Expert repair to soiled blank corners of leaves 71 to end, small lower marginal wormhole at end. Still, a fine copy. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    "This work might be called a treatise on astrological meteorology. It is a compilation derived from many sources, chiefly Ptolemy, Pliny, al-Kindi and Abu Ma'shar, 'Ali ibn abi-I-Rijal and 'Ali ibn Ridwan, John of Seville and Abraham ben Ezra, Albert the Great and Leopold of Austria; not to speak of popular knowledge partly transmitted by oral tradition. The book seems to have obtained some popularity; it was printed in 1485." (Sarton, III, pp. 657-658).

    Moreau/Renouard 1323. Adams F508. BM STC (French) 166. Hellmann, Meteorology, 16. Kiessling, Library of Robert Burton, 576. Cantamessa I, 428. Not in Gardner, Caillet, or Esoterica.

    Firmin De Beauval. [Firminus de Bellavalle] Firminus repertorium de mutatione Aeris Tam Via Astrologica, quam metheorologica, pristino nitori restitutum, per Philippum Iollainum Blereium, cum scholiis eiusdem.
    Paris: Jacques Kerver, 1539. Folio. A4 B-N6 O8. [O8 blank, lacking] [4], 79, [1] leaves. In a recent vellum binding using an old antiphonal leaf with vellum ties, replaced endpapers, washed, the leaves show some soiling along edges but are generally clean & bright. Expert repair to soiled blank corners of leaves 71 to end, small lower marginal wormhole at end .
    Astrological tables in the text. Kerver"s printer"s device with two cocks (Silvestre 52); some criblŽ initials. First Edition with Jollain notes, second overall. Firmin (fl. 1338-45), French astrologer in the diocese of Amiens. "The De mutatione a'ris is divided into seven parts: (I) introduction, dealing with the nature of different parts of the sky and of the stars, the seasons and climates; (II) global changes due to great conjunctions and eclipses, and the entries of the sun into the solstices or equinoxes or other signs of the zodiac; (III) global changes due to conjunctions and opposition of sun and moon; (IV) particular judgments determined by such conjunctions and oppositions and others; (V) particular judgments determined by the relative position of the moon and stars, with reference to zodiacal signs; (VI) predictions concerning rain...; (VII) other meteorological predictions derived from science or folklore. This work might be called a treatise on astrological meteorology. It is a compilation derived from many sources, chiefly Ptolemy, P1iny, al-Kindi and Abu Ma'shar, 'Ali ibn abi-I-Rijal and 'Ali ibn Ridwan, John of Seville and Abraham ben Ezra, Albert the Great and Leopold of Austria; not to speak of popular knowledge partly transmitted by oral tradition. The book seems to have obtained some popularity; it was printed in 1485."-Sarton, III, pp. 657-58.
    Moreau/Renouard 1323. Adams F508. BM STC (French) 166. VD 16 Drucke, Wolfenb. II, 547. Hellmann, Meteorology,16. .Kiessling, Library of Robert Burton , 576. Cantamessa I,428. Not in Gardner, Caillet, or Esoterica. Astrology. Medicine. Science. Occult. Stars. Astronomy. Weather. Alchemy. Chemistry.Meterology.



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