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    Indagine's Book on Astrology and Palmistry

    Indagine [pseudonym for Rosenbach or Johannes Von Hagen]. Antoine du Moulin, translator. Vrye Et Parfaicte Chyromancie Et Phisionomie... La diffinition des faces des Signes. Reigles Astronomiques du jugement des maladies. Plus, L'Astrologie Naturelle. La cognoissance de la complexion des hommes selon la domination des Planettes. Paris: Jacques Villery, [n.d., ca. 1620]. First edition with the French translation by du Moulin. Octavo. A-2A8, 2B4. [10], 380, [1] pages. Numerous text cuts, head-pieces, decorated initials. Nineteenth-century brown French morocco-backed pebble-grained boards, edges speckled, marbled endpapers. Some rubbing to binding, armorial bookplate of Petri Guyot (bookplate somewhat damaged), ownership signature on verso of front free endpaper. Text toned, some light foxing. A very good copy. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Indagine [a.k.a. Rosenbach, or Johannes Von Hagen] (ca.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 p 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]

    Goldsmith, BM 17 French, C948. Esoterica 2200 "tres rare." Gardner, Astrologia, 598. Sabattini 305. Krivatsy/NLM 6144. Wellcome 3407. Not in Caillet.

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