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CARDANUS, HIERONYMUS. - [THE MOST IMPORTANT RENAISSANCE WORK ON DREAMS]
Somniorum Synesiorum omnis generis insomnia explicantes, Libri IIII. Quibus accedunt, eiusdem haec etiam. De libris propijs. De Curationibus & Praedicationibus admirandis. Neronis encomium. De uno. Actio in Thessalicum medicum. De Secretis. De Gemmis & Coloribus. Dialogus de: Morte (&) Humanis consilijs, Tetim inscriptus. Item ad Somniorum pertinentia: De minimis & propinquis. De summo bono.
Balsel, Sebastian Henricpetrus, (1562). 4to. Both volumes bound in one nice mid-19th century half calf with gilt spine. Title to lower edge in contemporary hand. Ex libris to inside of front board. Some browning and brownspotting, and first title-page frayed at edges and with a repaired hole (presumably removing an old owner's name), not affecting printing and a small repaired hole in imprint (affecting the "Pe" of "Per Sebastianum..."). 1) Somniorum Synesiorum: (42) pp., 1 blank leaf, 278 pp., 1 blank leaf. +2) Opera quaedam lectu digna (with a separate title-page and separate pagination): (36), 413, (1, -errata) pp. - lacking the final leaf with printer's devise only (no text). ¶ The extremely rare first edition of the most important Renaissance work on dreams, arguably the most important book on dream interpretation up until Freud. (Appended thereto as the second part of a collection of earlier works by Cardano, gathered here for the first time. This part lacks the leaf with the printer's device). "Cardano is unusual among Renaissance writers on dreams, in that he both records a good many of his own dreams, displaying keen interest in them, and has a highly developed theory about the causation of dreams and the method of interpreting them. His book on dreams, "Somniorum Synesiorum Libri IIII", comprises an exhortation to interpret dreams, an account of how dreams are caused, classifications of them, advice on how to interpret them, and a final chapter describing fifty-five of his own dreams." (Alice Brown, Girolamo Cardanos's Somniorum Synesiorum Libri III, 1979). Girola … [Click Below for Full Description]
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