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    Rantzau's Compilation of Texts on
    Astrological Themes

    Henrik [Heinrich] von Rantzau [Rantzovius]. Tractatus Astrologicus, De Genethliacorum Thematum Judiciis Pro Singulis nati accidentibus. Ex Vetustis Et Optimis quibusque auctoribus collectus... Frankfurt am Main: Wolfgang Hofmann &Widow of Jonas Rosa, 1633. Octavo. A-2B8. 2C4. 379, [28] pages. Three tables, two of which are folding. Beautiful modern antique-paneled calf, new endpapers, spine banded, titles in gilt. Title page repaired at edge, stamp of "Sion College Library" with de-acquisition stamp on blank verso of the title page, old dark marginal stains at front and rear, foxing, some browning, occasional edge darkening, some old notes and pagination in index. Externally fine; internally very good condition. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    "Heinrich Rantzau (1526-98) was an important figure in Northern Europe during the second half of the sixteenth century. He was a wealthy nobleman and an influential statesman within the lands of the Danish king. But what has secured his fame until today is first and foremost his literary and scholarly activities. He was a patron of literature and science on a grand scale, supporting an impressive number of academics all over the German speaking area and the Netherlands." Rantzau was influenial in the publication of Georg Braunius' great topographical work Civitates Orbis Terrarum. He wrote didactic poem on dreams, a treatise on health, De Conservanda Valetudine, a treatise on warfare, some collections of poetry , and several textbooks on astrology and chronology. As early as 1570 he published a historical work on the conquest of Dithmarschen in 1559, which was published pseudonymously. At the time of his death, he had a topographical description of Schleswig-Holstein ready for print. It has been suggested that Georg Ludwig Froben (1566-1645) may have edited his astrological works. "Especially in the case of the Tractatus Astrologicus, which is a compilation of texts on astrological themes, he may well have done more than the final editing. But we cannot say how much. He was employed as a teacher, but in reality he must have spent a large part of his working time editing Rantzau's books as a sort of humanist in residence." [Peter Zeeberg. Heinrich Rantzau (1526-98) and his humanist collaborators: The examples of Reiner Reineccius and Georg Ludwig Froben. On-line]. The second edition nearly doubles the number of pages of the first edition and is the basis for all subsequent reprints of the work.

    VD 17 23:239277V. Houzeau & Lancaster 4965. Rosenthal, Magica, 1035. Caillet 9145 (other editions 'plus completes." Cantamessa 3739. Graessa VI.I 24.

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