4 June 2008
GRÜNPECK, Joseph (c. 1473-c. 1532). Speculum naturalis coelestis & propheticae visionis. Nuremberg: Georg Stuchs, 26 October 1508.
2° (291 x 200mm). Collation: a-c6. Gothic type, 13 woodcuts from 12 blocks attributed to Wolf Traut, each with 4-part woodcut border, woodcut decorated and lombard initials. (First and last leaf faintly soiled with small marginal repairs, a few small stains.) Modern blue paper boards, slipcase. Provenance: some early marginal annotations (shaved).
FIRST EDITION. Physician, astrologer, historian, and author, Grünpeck contrasts past and present, biblical and historical, in an examination of prophecy and melancholy as influenced by the cycles of sun, moon and planets. Owing to his interest in the occult sciences, Grünpeck's works as a whole were placed on the Index. Stuchs also published a German edition of the Speculum in the same year. Benzing, Nürnberg, 142; BLSTC, German, p.373; Brunet II: 1771; Muther 1151.
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