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    First Collected Edition of Pontano's
    Work on Astrology

    Joannes Jovius Pontanus (Giangioviano or Giovanni Pontano) and Claudius Ptolemaeus (Ptolomaeus). Opera Omnia Soluta Oratione Composita. [With] De Asiratione, Charon, Antonius, Actius, Aegidius, Asinus, De Sermone, Belli... [With] Centum Ptolemaei Sententiae Ad Syrum Fratem A Pontano E Graeco In Latinum Tralatae, Atque Expositae. Eiusdem Pontani Libri XIIII. De Reb. Coeslestibus. Liber Etiam De Luna Imperfectus. Venice: Aldus Manutius and Andrea Soceri [Torresanus], 1518-1519. First Collected Edition. Three octavo volumes. [8], 327 folio (654 pages); 318 folios (636 pages); 301 folios (602 pages), [34] pages. Aldine device on title leaf of first volume and verso of last leaf of volume three. Full nineteenth-century Italian vellum, blindstamp of George Fortescue on front covers, titles on leather labels (labels on volume III doesn't quite match in color), edges colored. Some light wear to bindings, front board of volume III reinforced in leather. Volume I: title-page repaired at fore-edge, top of r7 extended; volume II: title-page washed with faded annotations, numerous contemporary annotations, d6 - e6 upper margin extended, minor stains; volume III: corner of front board restored with leather, wormhole through volume (sometimes affecting text), some of them repaired in inner blank margin, annotations in an old hand . A very good copy.
    EDIT 16 cnc 47484. BM STC (Italian) 542, 533. Adams P2215. Ahmanson-Murphy 168, 178, 183. Ransom 152, 163, 164. Renouard 82, 3; 87,6; 87,7. Caillet 8828 "Plein de verve et d'esprit, mais d'une excessive obscenite(?)." Riccardi 303. Brunet IV, 808. Hoffmann III, 328 (Later edition.) Houzeau-Lancaster I, 3644. Cantamessa 3556. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Pontanus, Joannes Jovius (Giangioviano or Giovanni Pontano) & Claudius Ptolemaeus (Ptolomaeus). Opera Omnia Soluta Oratione Composita. [with] De Asiratione, Charon, Antonius, Actius, Aegidius, Asinus, De Sermone, Belli...[with] Centum Ptolemaei Sententiae Ad Syrum Fratem A Pontano E Graeco In Latinum Tralatae, Atque Expositae. Eiusdem Pontani Libri XIIII. De Reb. Coeslestibus. Liber Etiam De Luna Imperfectus. Venice: Aldus Manutius & Andrea Soceri {Torresanus], 1518-1519. 8vo. 3 vols. 213 x 127 mm. [8], 327ff=654; 318ff=636; 301ff=602,[34]pp 19th c. Italian vellum , blindstamp of George Fortescue on front covers, titles on leather labels (one volume doesn't quite match in color(, edges colored Vol 1: t.p. repaired at fore-edge, top of r7 extended; Vol. 2: t.p. washed with faded annotations, numerous contemporary annotations, d6-e6 upper margin extended, minor stains; Vol 3: corner of front board restored with leather, wormhole through volume (sometimes affecting text), some of them repaired in inner blank margin, annotations in an old hand . Aldine device on title leaf of first volume & verso of last leaf of volume three. First Collected Edition. Giovanni Pontano (1429-1503) humanist, diplomat, scholar, and poet. He was the driving forces behind the Neopolitan Academy and its official leader after 1471. He was secretary of state in Naples in 1486. He was also considered to be able to write pastoral poetry as good as, or superior to, his classical models.

    "Like Ficino, Pontano undoubtedly acquired his taste for astrology early in life. His first teacher was Gregorius Tifernas, a master of the Greek tongue but, nonetheless, an adept in astrology. When Pontano came first to Naples, he met Lorenzo Bonincontri, who was, next to Pontano, the greatest astrological poet of the Italian Quattrocento....The earliest astrological compositions of Pontano are the translation of and commentary on the preudo-Ptolemaic Centiloquio and the early books of the De rebus coelestibus...As one turns over the pages of the De rebus coelestibus one is struck by the fact that one is reading a handbook of social psychology as well as a textbook of astrology...he took the view that the perfect, incorruptible skies had a shaping power over the corruptible sublunary matter...Pontano passes over the spiritual element, the divine soul...It is this startling silence that turns Pontano's astrological system into a milestone in the history of social psychology. Pontano's theory that the matter of man is inclined by stellar influences establishes the necessity of a horoscope. If one knows in advance what one's inclinations are, one can shape one's character according to these dispositions if they are good, and check those weaknesses that are unsocial...In this book Pontano defends astrology vigorously by showing that the sciences of which Pico approved are filled with errors, and by asserting that astrology is the most certain science. " [Don Cameron Allen, The Star-Crossed Renaissance,1941.]

    Nostradamus quotes his first proposition of the commentary on pseudo-Ptolemy: 'Soli numine divino afflati praesagiunt & spiritu prophetico particularia' ['Only those inspired by the divine godhead can prophesy, and only those inspired by the spirit of prophecy can prophesy detailed events' .

    EDIT 16 cnc 47484. BM STC (Italian) 542,533. Adams P2215. Ahmanson-Murphy 168, 178, 183. Ransom 152, 163 & 164. Renouard 82,3; 87,6; 87,7.Caillet 8828 "Plein de verve et d'esprit, mais d'une excessive obscenite(?)." Riccardi 303. Brunet IV,808. Hoffmann III,328 (Later ed.) Houzeau-Lancaster I,3644. Cantamessa 3556.



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