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    Early Compilation of Works on Chiromancy

    Johannis Praetorius (Hans Schuze) and Robert Fludd. Ludicrum Chiromanticum Praetorii: seu Thesaurus Chiromantiae, Locupletissimus: multis Iocis & amoenitatibus, pluribus tamen seriis instructissimus: Ex omnibus, qui proparum litterarum monumentis consignarunt, Scriptoribus refertissimus: plurimis perspicuis Iconibus,evidentibus experimentis, & singulari Mnemonica Methodó elaboratissimus: in quo utilitas cum jucunditate pari passu amblant; uti praefamen ulterius declarabit... [includes, as issued:] Centrifons Idolum Jani Hoc est: Metoposcopia Seu Prosopomantia completissima & hactenus desideratissima... Leipzig: Johannes Bartholomeo , 1661 and Leipzig & Jena: Johannes Bartholomeo Oehler & Kaspar Freyschmidt, 1661. First edition. Octavo. a-e4,A4, B2, C-7K4, )(4 - 5):(4, A4, B2, a-f4. (4), 36, 156, (1), 14, 157-190, 215-379, 370-476, 481-1010, 10011-10026, 301-340, (30). Mispaginated, as usual, but, complete. Elaborate engraved title incorporating palms, celestial physiognomy and figures of Hermes Trismegistus, Indagine, Goclenius, as well as text from the Bible taken to refer to palmistry by J. B. Paravitinus. Many woodcut text figures illustrating palmistry, metoposcopy, etc. Folding plate of magical alphabets. Elaborate blind tooled pigskin over boards, decorated, with some small worm holes to vellum. Manuscript title on top of spine, spine label missing. Large bookplate with old signature and notes of previous owner, dated "1694" pasted to inside of front board. Browning to pages throughout, otherwise very good condition. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Praetorius' (1630-1680) work is a compilation of works on chiromancy. "Perhaps the most remarkable chiromantical work of the seventeenth century...As a whole, Ludicrum Chiromanticum is invaluable to the study of early palmistry; little of the material is new, but the assembled texts represent almost all shades of teaching on chiromancy, and between them they are a fairly complete commentary on the art as it was practiced up till that time." [Gettings 181]. Fludd's work on chiromancy occupies much of the first part of the volume (pages 157-190). "Praetorius [1630-1680] had an open eye and a sharp ear for all wonder stories, witch tales, and accounts of ghosts and sorcery current among the people. He indefatigably collected all information on remarkable subjects and happenings, and was fond of popular gossip, even of the uncouth type." [Faber du Faur.] VD 17 identifies two variant printings of this complex bibliographical book. This version has no dedication to Johann Georg III, Duke of Saxony at the beginning and the side-note on A1r reads "In imprefso/ exemplari Ro-/ daploita no ha-/ bentur seqq." The treatise "Centifrons Idolum Jani..." is bound after the page (incorrectly numbered) 10026 in this copy. Faber du Faur comments on this inclusion indicating it as an error but as all copies have it in this form, it seems intentional.

    VD17 1:063431P. Dunnhaupt 3153:8.1(same collation as ours). Sabattini 443 "Raro". Caillet 8950. Krivatsy/NLM 9254. Graesse, Magica,104.Casanatense 1001. Bib. Esoterica,3772. Faber du Faur 745b. Hayn, Praetorius, 81. BL 17th German S1483.

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