26 April 2017
LEOPOLD OF AUSTRIA (13th century). Compilatio ... de astrorum scientia decem continentis tractatus. Venice: [Jacobus Pentius, for] Melchior Sessa and Petrus de Ravanis, 15 July 1520.
Small 4° (203 x 146mm). Large woodcut of an astronomer and Sessa’s device on title, many woodcuts illustrating signs of the zodiac, gods of antiquity, celestial spheres, and astrological predictions, woodcut initials. (Light waterstain or browning in upper margin of title and following few leaves, some light spotting and soiling.) Modern vellum (new endpapers). Provenance: signs of the zodiac (written in manuscript on lower margin of title) -- Riberio Casette (?) (inscription on lower margin of A2) -- old marginal annotations – two pages with underlining in red ink.
SECOND EDITION of the Compilatio by the 13th-century astronomer, Leopold of Austria. Primarily a work of astrology, the sixth book concerns meteorology both from a theoretical and a practical point of view, and thus includes, for example, folkloric methods of weather prediction. Although virtually nothing is known of the author, the work was influential in the late Middle Ages, being cited by the great astronomer, Pierre d'Ailly, and admired by Regiomontanus, who proposed to edit an edition of the work. This edition retains the dedication to Udalricus de Frundsberg, bishop of Trient, by Erhard Ratdolt, printer of the 1489 first edition. Adams L-516; BLSTC Italian (assigning it to Pencio) p.375 (718.f.8); Sander 3948; Essling 2081; Houzeau and Lancaster 4783.
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