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    Angelis, Alexandro De. In Astrologos Libri Quinque. Lyon: Horace Cardon, 1615. 4to. a,e,i4,o2,A-3B4. [28],351,[1],[31]pp. Contemporary limp vellum, soiled, light dampstains, worming toward the rear of the book mostly marginal at first but at the end the last four text leaves and the index are more heavily damaged with text losses. Large printer's device on t.p., head- and tail-pieces, decorated initials. First Lyon Edition. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
    Krown & Spellman retail: $500

    More Information: "Alexander de Angelis of Spoleto, head of the Jesuit college at Rome, published in 1615 five books against astrologers with a preface to one of the cardinals. Despite the relatively late date at which de Angelis wrote, he appears to be especially incensed against Cardan and to devote particular attention to answering the arguments of Bellantius for astrology. He also pays his respectsto Fernel, affirming that no one has found more occult virtues of the heavens or more unlikely and absurd ones ...In his five books de Angelis gives an elaborate rehearsal of past arguments against astrology...It is well to remark before leaving de Angelis that his criticism did not extend from astrology to occult virtues. Not only did he admit that the stars exerted an occult influence. He also accepted the statement that a child weaned on goat's milk, after it had grown up, would leap like a goat and eat such plants as goats are wont to crop."

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