Palmistry, Divination and Astrology

    Jean Taisnier. Opus Mathematicum Octo Libros Complectens, Innumeris Propemodum Figuris Idealibus Manuum Et Physiognomiae, Aliisque Adornatum, Quorum Sex Priores libri Absolutissimae Chieromantiae Theoricam, Praxim, doctrinam, artem, & experientiam verissimam continent. Septimus Physiognomiae dispositionem, hominumq; omnium qualitates & complexiones. Octauus Periaxiomata de faciebus Signorum, & quid Sol in unaquaque domo existens, natis policeatur. Remedia quoq; omnium aegritudinum complctitur. Et naturalem Astrologiam atq; effectus Lunae quoad diversas aegritudines. Item Isagogen Astrologiae Iudiciariae, & totius divinatricis artis Encomia. Cologne: Theodore Baum, 1583. Second edition. Folio. 6, A-4K4 [lacks 4K4 blank]. [12], 624, [5] pages. Numerous plates of chiromantic hands, physiognomic portraits, astrological charts, and zodiacal emblematic woodcuts. Early full vellum, title in manuscript on spine, edges blue, armorial bookplate, browned (as usual), lower margin worming from 4C3-4G4 (touching a few letters), ink stain at top edge (no text affected), leaves from 4H to end are supplied from other smaller copies, still a nice copy in very good condition. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Jean Taisner (1508-?) was tutor to the pages of Charles V whom he accompanied to Tunis in 1535 and later to Italy. He taught at several Italian schools and he retired to Cologne after Charles' death in 1558. "..his combination of interest in occult arts or pseudo-sciences with technology, measurement, something of mathematical method, and a yearning for new discovery through physical experiment represents his own choice and selection and makes him of some significance in the history of magic and experimental science." Thorndike V,581.

    VD 16 T73. Zinner 3115. Adams T70 (also lacking blank 4K4). Wellcome 6214 (inc.) Caillet 10524. Sabattini 513 "Edizione divenuta rara" Gardner, Astrologia, 1213. Graesse, Magica,100. Houzeau-Lancaster 4885. Poggendorf II,1066. Cantamessa 4398.

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