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PRAETORIUS, Johann.
Reformata astrologia cometica. Das ist: eine verblümte Vermählung, des höchsten Himmels mit der untersten Erden-Kugel. Leipzig, Ritzsch, 1665. With engraved author's portrait by B. Paravicinus. With: (2) PRAETORIUS, Johann. Hollandiorum evangelus per anagramma, verus daemon ulli anglo. Oder der niederländische Schutz-Engel, wieder den Englische Leviathan.[Leipzig], 1665. 2 works in 1 volume. Small 4to (20.5 x 16 cm). Contemporary vellum, with the gold-tooled arms of the States General on both sides.
Ad 1: Hardin, German Baroque writers, p. 317; VD17 23:287507Y (3 copies); cf. G.S. Williams, Ways of knowing in early modern Germany; ad. 2: VD17 23:247385M (5 copies); for Praetorius: ADB XXVI, pp. 520-529; Faber du Faur, pp. 199-200. Rare first and only edition, one of two issues published in the same year, of an astrological treatise by the prolific and versatile, but later unjustly overlooked author, Johann Praetorius, the partly Latinized name of Hans Schultze (1630-1680). "Praetorius had an open eye and a sharp ear for all wonder stories, witch tales, and accounts of ghosts and sorcery current among the people. He indefatigably collected all information on remarkable subjects and happenings, and was fond of popular gossip, even of the uncouth type" (Faber du Faur). The treatise was written during the Anglo-Dutch Wars and Praetorius makes an astrological prediction that the Dutch will be victorious over England. The book is dedicated to the States General and Williams notes that "Waibler suggests that Praetorius meant to curry favor with the Dutch Estates by offering his services in an exceedingly humble manner, not expecting any reward". As the book is bound with the arms of the States General it seems likely that Praetorius himself presented this copy to them. With library and deaccession stamps. Browned and foxed throughout, but still in good condition. Binding very good.
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