Chiromancy, Physiognomy, Natural and Occult Science

    Johann Indagine [or Johannes Bremen Von Hagen] ; Gulglielmo Gratarolo; Pomponio Gaurico; Livio Agrippa da Monteferrato; and Ciro Spontone [Spontoni]. Introductiones Apotelesmaticae in Physiognomiam, Astrologiamnaturalem, Complexiones hominum, Naturas Planetarum. Cum Periaxiomatibus de Faciebus Signorum et Canonibus de aegritudinibus hominum: Omnia Nusquam Fere Eiusmode tractata compendio: Quibus ob similem materiam accessit Guielimi Grataroli Bergomatis Opuscula De Memoria reparanda, augenda, conservanda: De Praedictione morum naturamuque hominum: De Mutatione temporum, ejusque signis perpetuis. Et Pomponii Gavrici Napolitani Tractatus De Symmetrius, LIneamentis & Physiognomia, ejusque speciebus, &c. Strassburg: Lazarus Zetzner, 1630. A-2A8, 384 pages. [bound with:] Spontone: La Metoposcopia Overo Commensuratione Delle Linee Della Fonte... Venice: Giovanni Imberti,1651. A-G8, 109,[3] pages. [bound with:] Agrippa : Discorso Di Livio Agrippa Sopra La Natura, Et Complesione humana... Venice: Giorgio Valentini, 1621. A15? 30 pages. Octavo, three works in one volume. Numerous text cuts in all three volumes; double-page (folding) table in Agrippa. Contemporary vellum, yapp fore-edge, dark stain on front cover; first work browned, old owner's name on top of the title page. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

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    Indagine [ a.k.a. Rosenbach, or Johannes Von Hagen] (circa1467-1537) from Hain near Darmstadt, "was an extremely learned man in many fields, and at one time acted as an ambassador to the Pope, though it appears that he had many sympathies with the revolutionary theories of the day..." Gettings, page 177. His work, first published in 1522, had a great effect on the study of chiromancy and is quoted to our own day. It was frequently reprinted north of the alps but was placed on the Index of Prohibited Books. "Presumably the combination of astrology, physiognomy and chiromancy with humanistic bias and some approach to Protestant partisanship accounted for its long and widespread currency north of the Alps." [Thorndike]. Gratarolo (1516-1568), "No one man in the sixteenth century did more to circulate and to perpetuate a varied selection of curious works, past and present, in the fields of medicine, natural science and occult science.. (De Memoria) It was therefore not surprising that Gratarolo should add to his writings in medicine and occult science a treatise on restoring, increasing and preserving the memory and upon artificial memory." [Thorndike]. Pomponio Gaurico (1482-1530) professor of philology at the University of Naples, poet, humanist, and art critic. His treatise on physiognomy influenced artists' depictions of faces. " In the seventeenth century Livio Agrippa da Monteferrato's tract explicitly declared this family resemblance between good health, plague, and physiognomy in the title of his physiognomical treatise: 'Discorso sopra la natura...'" Martin Porter "Windows of the Soul]. Agrippa wrote several treatises on medical secrets. Spontone's (circa 1552-1610),work was first published in 1626 (this is a reprint of the 1629 edition according to Gerlach) and his images have the "detached air and the impassibility of old French playing cards" (Seligmann). Indagine: VD 17 12:641147X. Sabattini 289. Caillet 5389.Cicognara 2445. Gerlach, Indagine 1630. Cantamessa 2213. Spontone: Gerlach, Spontone 1651. Caillet 10326 (other editions). Krivatsy/NLM 11320.Bridson 244. Agrippa: Gerlach, Agrippa 1621. Cicognara 2422. BL 17th Italian 9 [Milan ed.].Caillet 99 (1652 edition) "tres rare."Cantamessa 30.

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