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    Valuable Manuscripts and Printed Books

    4 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 169

    ESCHUID, Johannes (fl. 1336-65). Summa astrologiae judicialis. Venice: Johannes Lucilius Santritter, for Franciscus Bolanus, 7 July 1489.

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    ESCHUID, Johannes (fl. 1336-65). Summa astrologiae judicialis. Venice: Johannes Lucilius Santritter, for Franciscus Bolanus, 7 July 1489.

    Super-chancery 2° (308 x 208mm). Collation: \Kp\k2 a-i8 k4 l6; m8 n10(-6) o-z8 &8 A-D8 (\Kp\k1r blank, \Kp\k1v preface to the reader, \Kp\k table, a1r text, D7v colophon, D8r register, D8v blank). 221 leaves. Woodcut world map, full-page diagram, 3 smaller diagrams, 5 astrological "figurae", tables, woodcut white-on-black initials, including 12-line initial "I" opening text on a1r as GW Anmerkung. 56-58 lines and headline, double column. Type: 5:82R, 6:60G, 7:55G. 5- to 12-line initial spaces, some with guide-letter. (Quire r and a few other sheets browned, very occasional light spotting, &1 partly loose.) Contemporary limp vellum, lettered on spine and lower edges (small stain, detached at front joint). Provenance: stamp removed from \Kp\k2r.

    FIRST EDITION of an "exhaustive sourcebook of astrological writings". Eschuid (John Ashenden) correlated celestial influence and terrestial events, and explicated astrological methods of prediction. One of his earlier predictions had coincided with the plague in 1348, and he treats the disease here, among other topics, making the Summa astrologiae "one of the first contemporary discussions of the Plague" (Stillwell). He mentions a powder used as treatment which was still considered efficacious for fever a century later. The world map derives inverted from one which first appeared in a 1483 edition of Macrobius. Nordenskiold considered the diagram of the relationship between the zodiacal signs and geographical locations also to be a map (Nordenskiold 3, 958). A FRESH, LARGE COPY. HC *6685; GW 9392; BMC V, 462 (IB. 23335); BSB-Ink. I-384; Bod-Inc. E-30; Campbell, Earliest Printed Maps 88; Klebs 381.1; Essling 450; Stillwell, Awakening, 360; Goff E-109.


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