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    [Featured Lot]. Gherardo Da Cremona. [misattributed to Gerardus Sablonetanus, the younger] and Luc Antoine Sieur de Salerne. Geomancie Astronomique... Pour Savoir les choses Passees, les Presentes, & les Futures [bound with:] [La Geomancie et Nomancie des Anciens Cabalistique. Avec L'Heure du Berger Mises en Francois]. [Paris: Houry, 1687]. Paris: Laurent D'Houry, 1691[-1687]. Krown & Spellman retail: $750.
    12mo. 2 vols. in 1. a5 [lacks a6, privilege leaf], A-L12; [lacks a1, second t.p.] a2-6, A-F12. [10], 258, [7]; [10], 138, [4], [1 errata], [1]p. Contemp. vellum, title in later hand in spine, a few annotations, a very good copy. Tables and astrological charts. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.


    More Information: Gherardo (1114-1187) "was one of the most prolific translators of scientific and philosophical works from Arabic in the Middle Ages...Through their abundance, subject matter, and quality, Gerard's translations made a decisive contribution to the growth of Medieval Latin science. The impact of his work was felt well into the early modern period." There has been some discussion whether he is actually the author of this geomantical work (See the discussion in the DSB Suppl. p186 & 189. Also see: Therese Charmasson in her Recherches Sur Une Technique Divinatoire: La Geomancie Dans L'Occident Medieval, Geneva & Paris,1980 who also covers these discussions in some detail with a full discussion of the text.) The number of texts in the Middle Ages of this text shows it was "tres utilise au cours du Moyen Age." "Ce traite est sans doutr celui qui fait le plus de place a l'astrologie, et qui s'efforce de rattacher le plus etroitement la geomancie a l'astrologie." Charmasson. We know little of Luc Antoine de Salerne except for his translation of Gerard and his work on geomancy. Some sources attribute his Geomancie et Nomancie to Gerardus Sablonetanus, the Younger but this seems a misattribution. The work is an explanation of what our author calls ancient geomancy and is a companion piece to his translation of Gerard of Cremona's work. They are occasionally found bound together, especially in the later printings, and were available as companion works. Both works are uncommon in institutional collections and are frequently found incomplete. Caillet 4489  & 9841."Gardner, Astrologica, 502 (other eds.) "A fine work on Astrological Geomancy, showing geomantic characters can be treated astrologically. A number of modern works are copied from this."  Esoterica 1852 (earlier ed. bound as this is with both works). Krivatsy/NLM 4670 (1669). Houzeau & Lancaster 4128. Charmasson 324 (1661 ed.) Cantamessa 1785.

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