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    Marc De Vulson [Wulson], Sieur de la Colombiere. Le Palais de la Fortune. Ou les Curieux trouveront la Response agreable des Demandes les plus divertissantes, pour se rejouir dans les Compagnies ... Ensemble l'Explication des Songes & Visions Nocturnes. Avec un Traite de Physionomie... Lyon: Claude de la Roche, 1698. Krown & Spellman retail: $600. 12mo. 2 parts in 1 vol. A-M12,N6. [12], 60, [2]; 224p. Contemp. sheep, worn, spine banded gilt, spine ends damaged, ink stains on rear cover; contents toned, some foxing and marginal dampstains, small marginal tears at blank foot of pp 195-203, lacks f.f.e.p. Full-page illust. on A3v. Zollinger calls for a frontis. not present here. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

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    Vulson (1590?-1658), "le véritable cráteur de la science du blason...Vulson, dans sa jeunesse, dut embrasser la profession des armes, seule carrière ouverte, à cette époque, aux ainés des familles nobles," [Biographie Univ.]

    Caillet says he was sergeant major of a regiment of cavalry, gentleman of the king's chamber, and Chevalier de St-Michel.

    "Another example of works on divination was by Marc de Vulson... The book seems to have first appeared in 1646... Five kinds of dreams are distinguished: songe, vision, oracle, reverie and apparition. It is stated the few persons have the gift of dreams that come true. After an alphabetical arrangement common to dream-books of the thing and its signification, various topics are considered, beginning with fire and air. To dream of suffering martyrdom for the Faith and of being beheaded is a sign of great honor and of bliss in Paradise, and to dream of being hanged is an indication of dignity proportionate to the height of the tree or gallows." [Thondike, 480.]

    "Vulson sandwiched his entertaining account of physiognomy between the interpretation of dreams and a game of chance based around a table of questions typical of those asked of astrologers, all of which he contrasted with the more serious tone of the physiognomy. Yet, despite this, the overall presentation of the contents of this "cabinet" is a form of theatrical entertainment, one which might be attractive to 'noble' women in particular." [M. & M. H.Porter, Windows of the Soul, 2005. p250.]         Zollinger, Spielbucher, 554. Gerlach 1698 (diff. ed.)

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