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    Johann Indagine [Rosenbach or Von Hagen]. Die Kunst der Chiromantzey usz besehung der hend. Physiognomey usz anblick des menschens. Naturlichen Astrologey .... Strassburg: Schott, 1523.

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    Johann Indagine [also known as Rosenbach or Von Hagen]. Die Kunst der Chiromantzey usz besehung der hend. Physiognomey usz anblick des menschens. Naturlichen Astrologey noch dem lauff der Sonen. Complexion eins yegklichen menschens. Naturlichen ynflüffs der Planeten. Der zwolff zeichen Angesychten. Ettliche Canones zu erkantnüss der menschen kranckheiten... Strassburg: Johann Schott, 1523.

    First German edition. Folio. a4, b-g6, h-i4, k6, l4, m-n4, o6. [8], 66ff=132, [2] pages. Full page armorial cut, portrait of Indagine as frontispiece, and eighty text cuts by Hans Baldung Grien and Hans Wechtlin. Modern morocco, title in manuscript on a paper label. Bookplate of Dr. Fritz Eberhard, old description and catalogue description on front blank. Title page cut down with margins on three sides restored, dampstains to first seven leaves and in upper corner of last leaves, a few marginal notes, minor foxing, a few marginal repairs, otherwise a very good copy. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

    Indagine [also known as Rosenbach, or Johannes Von Hagen] (circa 1467-1537) 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].

    VD 16 R3114. BM STC (Germ.) 429. Ritter 1265. Schmidt (Schott) 84. Kristeller 465. Muller 84,117. Zinner 1210. Durling/NLM 2537. Wellcome I,3404. Oldenbourg (Grien) L204. Sabattini 306 "assai rara." Gardner, Astrologica, 599. Schuling 154. Cantamessa 2213.



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