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Marc Vulson de la Colombière (1590?-1658)

DREAMS, ORACLES, DIVINATIONS and the SYMBOLISM OF COLOR]. Les Oracles divertissans, où l’on trouve la décision des questions les plus curieuses pour se réjouïr dans les compagnies. Avec un Traité très récréatif des couleurs, aux armoiries, aux livrées, & aux faveurs; & la signification des plantes, fleurs, & fruits. Le tout accommodé à la diction françoise, par M. W. D. L. C. A.

      Paris: Augustine Courbe 1652 - An extremely curious work. That it was intended for female audiences is attested by the letter “Aux Dames” immediately following the title page. The first part contains a set of divination with a list of 71 questions to ask the oracle, with 71 sheets each containing 16 responses (one for each quadrant of the wheel of fortune represented on the frontispiece), a total of 1136 answers possible for each question. At the end of the questions are printed 10 lines where the inquisitor can write questions for to the oracle. The rules of “The Game” are explained in a prophetic warning. First printed in 1647, our copy belongs to a slightly later edition, likewise published by the same printer (Augustine Courbe), and features the same spectacular engraved frontispice. ¶ The second part gives a long discussion on the symbolism of COLORS, mystical and heraldic. The title page of this section reads: “Traité curieux et récréatif des couleurs et de leurs blazons et symboles mystérieux, aux armoiries, aux livrées et aux faveurs ; et des devises et significations d’amour, d’indifférence et de mespris, qui s’expliquent par toute sorte d’arbres, d’herbes et de fleurs.” The extraordinary frontispiece depicts FORTUNA at her Wheel, below which are six inquisitors (male and female) in attendance. ¶ This is the only copy currently on the market. PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: 8vo. 2 parts in one volume. 12 ff. (including engraved frontispiece, title-page, Letter "aux Dames," avertissement, and the Table of Questions) + 71 ff. + 94 pp. + 2 ff. (privilege). Modern half sheepskin over marbled boards. Outer margin of the first page of the Table of Questions torn, affecting several numbers and words, paper stock slightly weakened throughout. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

      [Bookseller: Michael Laird Rare Books LLC]
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