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    With an Early Mention of Columbus' Discovery of America

    Giovanni Francesco [Gianfrancesco] Pico della Mirandola. De Rerum Praenotione Libri Novem Pro Veritate Religionis Contra Superstitiosas Vanitates Editi. De fide theoremata. De morte Christ & propria cogitanda... De studio divinae & humanis philosophiae... De divini amoris imaginatione... Vita patui & defensio de uno & ente... Expositio tex. Descreti de con. dis. ii, Hilarii... Epistolarum libi Quattuor. Justini tralatio. Staurostichon de mysteriis Germaniae Heroico carmine. [Opera aurea & bracteata.] Strassburg: Matthias Schurer for Johann Knobloch, the elder, 1507. [Bound Together With:] Hymni Heroici Tres. Ad Sanctissimam Trinitatem. Ad Christum, Et Ad Virginem Mariam, Una Cum Commentariis Luculentiss. Ad Io. Thomam Filium. Additis sparsim ab ipso auctore pauculis... Eiusdem Sylva. Euidem Staurostichon, hoc est Carmen de mysteriis Crucis in Germaniam delapsis. Strassburg: Matthias Schurer, 1511. First Edition of Pico's Works and second edition of Hymni. Two folio volumes bound in one. Rerum: ¹4, A-L6, M8, N-V6, p-s6, t-u8, a-c6, d8, e6, f10, g4, h-k6, l8, [2]A-D6, E4, F8, m-n6, o8, +2¹8. (Lacks blanks V6, f10, I8, o8, h6.) Hymni: A4, B-R6, S8, ¹4. 289 folios (of 294, lacks blanks) and eight folios. [4], 96, [11] folios. Eighteenth century mottled calf, spine banded and extra gilt, titles on leather labels (incorrectly describes this as volume II). Binding rubbed, head of spine a little worn, red edges; marbled endpapers. Minor soiling; pencil notes and some underscoring; a few leaves browned, large margins, a very nice copy. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Giovanni Francesco Pico della Mirandola (ca. 1469- 1533). "Gianfrancesco succeeded his father as ruler of the independant principate of Mirandola in 1499... Quite early in his life (about 1492) he fell under the influence of Girolamo Savonarola... Pico wrote many works of philosophy, theology, and poetry... Pico was murdered by his nephew aleotto II..." (Contemporaries of Erasmus).

    "Like his uncle [Giovanni Della Mirandola] he devoted himself chiefly to philosophy, but made it subject to the Bible, though in his treatises, "De studio divinae et humanae sapientiae" and particularly in the six books entitled "Examen doctrinae unitatis gentium", he depreciates the authority of the philosophers, above all of Aristotle. He wrote a detailed biography of his uncle and another of Savonarola." (C. E.).

    "This book [Rerum praenotione] is composed of about ten parts, which later converged into a single German edition, published in 1506. In each part the author thoroughly examines a different aspect of his thought. Pico della Mirandola had a strong passion for astrology, prophecies and the mysticism of numbers and was firmly convinced of the truth of these "sciences". Humans are the core element of his works. According to the author, they have all the germs of life God gave to them and are the creatures that are in closest contact with Nature (reign of necessity). The first nine parts, called books, contain a meticulous analysis of everything related to the term "prenotione" (pre-knowledge) and are divided into different chapters. The first book contains the definition of this phenomenon, together with some considerations on its use and abuse, and how it affects religion. The second book is dedicated to the figure of the prophet and the various ways he can utter his divinations. The third book is about those prophecies "secundum natura", in which Nature shows itself to all living creatures. The author mentions in particular those kinds of "prenotionae" noticed by farm workers, sailors, shepherds and physicians and in the fifth paragraph, here reproduced, he lists all the premonitory signs which farmers use, together with weather phenomena, to predict the future. In the seventh chapter he talks about those predictions "de futuris aegritudinis" (on future grief and worries), "ex observationae luminarium" (observing stars) made by physicians who take into account the influence of lunar phases. In the eighth chapter the author claims that sometimes these precognitions can be quite contradictory, if we compare what shepherds, physicians, wool-spinners and soldiers say. In the fourth book Pico della Mirandola rails against idolatries and satanic rituals, and in the fifth he carefully lists all the various cases in which astrology can prove useful. In the last four parts there are precise references to Plato, Bacon and Apollonio from Tiana. The other books which are not part of the De rerum prenotione have a different table of contents and they deal with philosophical or religious subjects connected to the Catholic religion, like in the De morte Christi & propria cogitanda..., De studio divinae & humanae philosophiae... and the De divini amoris imaginatione... (Bibliotheca Antiqua online) (See also: D.P. Walker. Spiritual & Demonic Magic, p. 146)

    The De Morte Christi is a famous philosophical treatise where the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus is mentioned with careful reflections, it gives one of the first testimonies of the slowly changing awareness of the importance of this discovery.

    At the most, three years after it became known [Columbus' discovery of America], the young lord Mirandola finished a religious-moral treatise on the duty of man to remember Christ's death and his own, which he dedicated to Savonarola. He established an inner connection in man with both the human nature of Christ and with his sacred fullness of grace which each man can develop to the full measure of his comprehension. "It does not require great exertion. It doesn't mean we have to seek to reach India nor explore the erithean shores. On the contrary we will be drawn to him by a natural drive." (Albert Schill. Gianfrancesco Pico dela Mirandola und die Entdeckung Amerikas, in Biographien und Studien; Martin Breslauer, Berlin, 1929, p. 19).

    There are two states of the Rerum as identified by Quaquarelli. Ours collates with number 79 but has the added letter at the end of the second state number 80. It is probably a first state brought up-to-date with the addition of the added gathering. The Hymni Heroici has commentaries by the author and his son Thomas.

    Rerum: VD 16 P2636 [without supplement] Quaquarelli/Zanardi, Pichiana, 79 [with added signature 2¹1-8 as in #80]. Adams P1138 [no supplement]. Proctor 10052. Christman H1.3.15a. Muller II, 118, 39. Schmidt, Knobloch 28. Rosenthal, Magica, 999. Cantamessa 3461. Alden/Landis 506/5.

    Hymni: VD16 P2644. Quaquarelli 89. Adams P1157. Proctor 10190. Schmidt, Schurer 55. Chrisman C7.2.7. Alden/Landis 511/7.

    Pico della Mirandola, Giovanni Francesco [Gianfrancesco]. De Rerum Praenotione Libri Novem Pro Veritate Religionis Contra Superstitiosas Vanitates Editi. De fide theoremata. De morte Christ & propria cogitanda... De studio divinae & humanis philosophiae... De divini amoris imaginatione... Vita patui & defensio de uno & ente... Expositio tex. Descreti de con. dis. ii, Hilarii... Epistolarum libi Quattuor. Justini tralatio. Staurostichon de mysteriis Germaniae Heroico carmine. [Opera aurea & bracteata.]
    Strassburg: Matthias Schurer for Johann Knobloch, the elder,1507.
    [bound with:]
    Hymni Heroici Tres. Ad Sanctissimam Trinitatem. Ad Christum, Et Ad Virginem Mariam, Una Cum Commentariis Luculentiss. Ad Io. Thomam Filium. Additis sparsim ab ipso auctore pauculis... Eiusdem Sylva. Euidem Staurostichon, hoc est Carmen de mysteriis Crucis in Germaniam delapsis.
    Ed. Beatus Rhenanus.
    Strassburg: Matthias Schurer,1511.
    Strassburg: Matthais Schurer, 1507/1506-1511. Folio. 2 vols. in 1. Rerum:¹4, A-L6, M8, N-V6, p-s6, t-u8, a-c6, d8, e6, f10, g4, h-k6, l8, [2]A-D6, E4, F8, m-n6, o8, +2¹8. [Lacks blanks V6, f10, I8, o8, h6.]
    Hymni:A4, B-R6, S8, ¹4. 289ff of [294, lacks blanks]+8ff.. [4],96,[11]ff. 18th c. mottled calf, spine banded and extra gilt, titles on leather labels (incorrectly describes this as vol II) rubbed, head of spine a little worn, red edges; marbled endpapers; minor soiling; pencil notes and some underscoring; a few leaves browned, large margins, a very nice copy. First Edition of Pico's Works and second of Hymni. Giovanni Francesco Pico della Mirandola (c.1469- 1533). ÒGianfrancesco succeded his father as ruler of the independant principate of Mirandola in 1499... Quite early in his life (about 1492) he fell under the influence of Girolamo Savaonarola... Pico wrote many works of philosophy, theology, and poetry... Pico was murdered by his nephew aleotto II...Ó [Contemporaries of Erasmus]
    ÒLike his uncle [Giovanni Della Mirandola] he devoted himself chiefly to philosophy, but made it subject to the Bible, though in his treatises, "De studio divin¾ et human¾ sapienti¾" and particularly in the six books entitled "Examen doctrin¾ unitatis gentium", he depreciates the authority of the philosophers, above all of Aristotle. He wrote a detailed biography of his uncle and another of Savonarola.Ó [CE]
    ÒThis book [Rerum praenotione] is composed of about ten parts, which later converged into a single German edition, published in 1506. In each part the author thoroughly examines a different aspect of his thought. Pico della Mirandola had a strong passion for astrology, prophecies and the mysticism of numbers and was firmly convinced of the truth of these "sciences". Humans are the core element of his works. According to the author, they have all the germs of life God gave to them and are the creatures that are in closest contact with Nature (reign of necessity). The first nine parts, called books, contain a meticulous analysis of everything related to the term "prenotione" (pre-knowledge) and are divided into different chapters. The first book contains the definition of this phenomenon, together with some considerations on its use and abuse, and how it affects religion. The second book is dedicated to the figure of the prophet and the various ways he can utter his divinations. The third book is about those prophecies "secundum natura", in which Nature shows itself to all living creatures. The author mentions in particular those kinds of "prenotionae" noticed by farm workers, sailors, shepherds and physicians and in the fifth paragraph, here reproduced, he lists all the premonitory signs which farmers use, together with weather phenomena, to predict the future. In the seventh chapter he talks about those predictions "de futuris aegritudinis" (on future grief and worries), "ex observationae luminarium" (observing stars) made by physicians who take into account the influence of lunar phases. In the eighth chapter the author claims that sometimes these precognitions can be quite contradictory, if we compare what shepherds, physicians, wool-spinners and soldiers say. In the fourth book Pico della Mirandola rails against idolatries and satanic rituals, and in the fifth he carefully lists all the various cases in which astrology can prove useful. In the last four parts there are precise references to Plato, Bacon and Apollonio from Tiana. The other books which are not part of the De rerum prenotione have a different table of contents and they deal with philosophical or religious subjects connected to the Catholic religion, like in the De morte Christi & propria cogitanda..., De studio divinae & humanae philosophiae... and the De divini amoris imaginatione... [Bibliotheca Antiqua-on-line] [See also: D.P. Walker. Spiritual & Demonic Magic, pp146ff]
    The De Morte Christi is a famous philosophical treatise where the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus is mentioned with careful reflections, it gives one of the first testimonies of the slowly changing awareness of the importance of this discovery.
    [At the most, three years after it became known (Columbus' discovery of America), the young lord Mirandola finished a religious-moral treatise on the duty of man to remember Christ's death and his own, which he dedicated to Savonarola. He established a inner connection in man with both the human nature of Christ and with his sacred fullness of grace which each man can develop to the full measure of his comprehension. "It does not require great exertion. It doesn't mean we have to seek to reach India nor explore the erithean shores. On the contrary we will be drawn to him by a natural drive."] Albert Schill. Gianfrancesco Pico dela Mirandola und die Entdeckung Amerikas, in Biographien und Studien; Martin Breslauer, Berlin,1929, p19.
    There are two states of the Rerum as identified by Quaquarelli. Ours collates with #79 but has the added letter at the end of the second state #80. It is probably a first state brought up-to-date with the addition of the added gathering.
    The Hymni Heroici has commentaries by the author and his son Thomas. Rerum:VD 16 P2636 [without suppl.] Quaquarelli/Zanardi, Pichiana, 79 [with added signature 2¹1-8 as in #80]. Adams P1138 [no suppl.]. Proctor 10052. Christman H1.3.15a.Muller II,118,39. Schmidt, Knobloch 28. Rosenthal, Magica, 999. Cantamessa 3461.Alden/Landis 506/5.
    Hymni: VD16 P2644. Quaquarelli 89.Adams P1157. Proctor 10190.Schmidt, Schurer 55. Chrisman C7.2.7. Alden/Landis 511/7. Occult. Magic. astronomy. Astrology. Witchcraft. Philosophy. Religion. Theology. Americana. Post-Incunable. Humanism.



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