19 November 2003
LYCOSTHENES, Conrad (Conrad Wolffhart, 1518-61). Prodigiorum ac ostentorum chronicon. Quae praeter naturae ordinem, motum, et operationem, et in superioribus & his inferioribus mundi regionibus ... acciderunt. Basel: Henricus Petri, 1557.
2° (288 x 190mm). Large woodcut on title and about 1600 woodcut illustrations including one double-page (here on guard) and repeats, several by H.R. Manuel Deutsch and David Kandel, woodcut printer's device on verso of last leaf. (Light browning, occasional spotting or small staining.) 18th-century calf gilt (wear at spine and corners, light stains).
FIRST EDITION of an exhaustive anthology of monsters, prodigies and portents, copiously illustrated, including a comet resembling a spaceship sighted in Arabia in 1479 (on p.494), and sightings of Halley's comet. Adams W-250; Durling, NLM, 2878; Wellcome I, 3917; Zinner, Geschichte und Bibliographie der Astronomischen Literatur, 2177.
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