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    Francisco Reinzer. Meteorologia Philosophico-Politica, in Duodecim Dissertationes per Quaestiones Meteorologicas et Conclusiones Politicas Divisa, Appositisque Symbolis Illustrata. Augsburg: Jeremiah Wolf, 1709.

    Third Edition. Quarto. [iv], 297, [3] pages. Engraved portrait of Emperor Joseph I inserted at front; frontispiece and eighty-three engraved intertextual emblems after Kadoriza.

    Contemporary full calf, decorated gilt border and armorial emblem centerpiece, spine stamped in blind, gilt morocco title label, all edges gilt. A few professional repairs to the binding and occasional subtle foxing, else a very good copy.

    A lovely copy of Reinzer's most famous work with fine illustrations filled with meteorological images including comets, meteors, lightning, winds, and waters. Reinzer's scientific and meteorological dissertations are based largely on Athanasius Kircher's works, with an overlay of philosophical, political, and spiritual teachings. This strange but elaborate admixture proved popular, and Reinzer's work went through several Lain and German editions in the decades after it was published.

    Landwehr German 494.

    More Information: Francisco Reinzer (1661-1708), Jesuit writer and teacher born at Graz. Professor of grammar, humanities, and rhetoric in Vienna, Reinzer taught philosophy in Linz, and moral theology in Passau, Gratz, and Laybach.

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