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    Palingenius, Marcellus [Pietro Angelo Manzolli, attrib]. Zodiacus Vtae, Hoc Est. de Hominis Vita, Studio, ac Moribus Optime Instituendis, Libri XII. Amsterdam: Johannes Janssonius, 1628. Krown & Spellman retail: $350.

    16mo. A-Y8. 315,[37]p. Contemp. vellum, soiled, front hinge cracked, repair to upper outer corner of t.p., punch-hole through first twenty leaves in blank lower margin, paper toning-light. Engraved t.p. with astrological figures. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

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    This is an astrological poem by Palengenius (ca.1503-1543) a favorite of Gabriel Naudé's. The first Latin edition appeared in ca. 1531, and it was suppressed by the Inquisition because of its critique of the church and the Pope. The inquisitors followed up on this action by disinterring Palengenius' body and consigning it to the flames. The seventh book focuses upon the plurality of worlds and discusses the cause of motion and the purpose of pain. The eleventh book deals with astronomy, while the twelfth offers an original theory of light, which was partly followed and partly rejected by Giordano Bruno. Chomarat in his recent edition (he utilizes this text as one of the basis of his own) argues that this is really a moral text in the tradition of Erasmus. STCN 162816. Gardner, Astrologica, 893 (other eds.) Cantamessa 2744 (other eds.)

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