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Geburts Stunden Buch darinen eines jetlichen - PEGIUS (or PEGIE), Martin - 1570. 
Title with astrological diagrams and printed in red & black. Numerous woodcut diagrams in the text & woodcut printer's device on verso of final leaf.  leaves including the three blanks (**6, A8, & Y6). Thick folio, cont. blind-stamped panelled pigskin over wooden boards (minor foxing, see below for a further description of the binding), orig. clasps & catches. Basel: [S. Apiario] for S. Henricpetri, 1570. First edition and a wonderful copy in contemporary blind-stamped pigskin over wooden boards with the original clasps and catches of one of the first "scientific" books on astrology in which the author used his knowledge of mathematics and astronomy to make predictions. It spawned numerous successors, several of which were very influential in the German Rosicrucian movement. WorldCat locates no copy in the U.S. Pegius (1523-92), a lawyer and astrologer, was counsel to the prince bishop of Salzburg and the author of a number of German-language treatises on various legal matters such as foreclosure auction law and hereditary building rights. This is by far his most important book. In his preface, dedicated to Provost Neuhauser of the monastery of Saint Zeno near Reichenhall in Upper Bavaria, Pegius explains at length his reasons for writing this book. He states that "Raitkunst," (the art of reckoning using arithmetic), "Erdmesserey" (measuring the earth), and "Gestirnenkunst" (the art of the stars) shall be the foundation of learned instruction in astrology. "Pegius' treatise begins with the [mathematical] Four Species before discussing astrology proper, with numerous astronomical interpolations, and ending with sections on chronology and calendar making."-A.D.B., Vol. 25, p. 318 (in trans.). The later years of Pegius' life were not happy. He and his wife began to have visions of the Queen of Sheba who told them local inhabitants of Untersberg near Salzburg had received a prophesy one thousand years ago, that a man named Martin, well-instructed in astronomy and law, would be resurrected and they themselves would be redeemed by his intercession. God sent an angel to Pegius and his wife in March 1581 announcing Pegius was the one spoken of in the prophecy. Pegius' wife was suspected of witchcraft and both husband and wife were incarcerated for life. This has always been considered an important book in German culture; there were facsimile editions published in 1924 and 1977. Binding: Two of the roll stamps are signed: Christ on the Cross (Haebler, Rollen- und Plattenstempel des 16. Jahrhunderts, I, 150.2 and Kyriss in Festschrift Haebler (1937), p. 138.2), plus stamp "MG" (Haebler I, 150.6 and plate I, 25, and again Kyriss in Festschrift Haebler, p. 139.6). Fine fresh copy. Free front endpaper with buyer's entry dated 1596, bought for 2 guilders and 4 kreutzers. ? Lalande, pp. 94-95. Zinner 2526.
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