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    Defending the Use of Astrology in Medicine

    Giovanni Antonio Magini, Claudius Galen and Valentin Naibod. De Astrologica Ratione, Ac usu dierum Criticorum, seu Decretoriorum, ac praeterea de cognoscendis & medendis morbis ex corporum coelestium cognitione, Opus Ad Ephemeridum Supplementum nunc primo editum & libris duobus distinctum. Frankfurt: Wolfgang Richter for Johann Theobold Schonwetter, 1608. Early edition (first issued in Venice in 1607.) ):(4, 2):(4,A-Z4,2A2. [16], 187 pages. Title-page in woodcut surrounded with figures of Aristotle and Pliny, emblematic animals and fanciful views. Head- and tail-pieces, text cuts, geniture charts. Italian eighteenth-century green sheep backed paste-paper boards, title gilt on spine. Spine rubbed at ends, some soiling to binding, paper browned. Last leaf pasted to endpaper on blank verso, small worming in upper margin of last leaf. Still, a very good copy.
    VD 17 23:290095N. Cantamessa 2671. Riccardi II, V, 95. Rosenthal 3452. Caillet 6964. Gardner, Astrologica, 762 (1607). From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Magini, Giovanni Antonio; Claudius Galen & Valentin Naibod. De Astrologica Ratione, Ac usu dierum Criticorum, seu Decretoriorum, ac praeterea de cognoscendis & medendis morbis ex corporum coelestium cognitione, Opus Ad Ephemeridum Supplementum nunc primo editum & libris duobus distinctum. Quorum primus complectitur Commentarium in Claudii Galeni librum tertium de diebus Decretoriis: Alter agit de legitimo Astrologiae in Medicina usu. His additur De annui temporis mensura in Directionibus: & de Directionibus ipsis ex Valentini Naibodae scriptis. Frankfurt: Wolfgang Richter for Johann Theobold Schonwetter, 1608. 4to. ):(4, 2):(4,A-Z4,2A2. [16], 187p. Italian 18th c. green sheep backed paste-paper boards, title gilt, spine rubbed at ends, paper browned. Last leaf pasted to endpaper on blank verso, small worming in upper margin of last leaf. T.p. in woodcut surround with figures of Aristotle & Pliny, emblematic animals and fanciful views. head- and tail-pieces, text cuts, geniture charts. First issued in Venice in 1607.

    Giovanni Antonio Magini (in Latin, Maginus) (June 13, 1555 - February 11, 1617) was an Italian astronomer, astrologer, cartographer, and mathematician. He was born in Padua, and completed studies in philosophy in Bologna in 1579. Dedicating himself to astronomy, in 1582 he wrote Ephemerides coelestium motuum, translated into Italian the following year.

    In 1588, he was chosen over Galileo to occupy the chair of mathematics at the University of Bologna after the death of Egnatio Danti. Magini supported a geocentric system of the world, in preference to Copernicus' heliocentric system. Magini devised his own planetary theory, in preference to other existing ones. The Maginian System consisted of eleven rotating spheres, which he described in his Novae coelestium orbium theoricae congruentes cum observationibus N. Copernici (Venice, 1589)... A strong supporter of astrology, he defended its use in medicine in his De astrologica ratione (Venice, 1607). [wkpd]

    "Magini was bolder or more open than Porta in his defense of astrological medicine in his work of 1607 on critical days and the legitimate use of astrology in medicine... He held that the church condemned only superstitious Arabic astrology and nativities which impinge on human free will, not the use of nativities in medicine... He further affirmed the control of the stars over the world of nature and advised study of the annual recurrence or revolutions of the nativity and the election of favorable times..." [Thorndike].

    VD 17 23:290095N. Cantamessa 2671. Riccardi II, V, 95. Rosenthal 3452. Caillet 6964. Gardner, Astrologica, 762 (1607).



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