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TAISNIER, Jean [Taisnierio, Joanne] (1508/9-1562).
Opus Mathematicum, octo libros complectens, . . . Item Isagogen Astrologiae Iudiciariae, & totius divinatricis artis Encomia.
Cologne: Theodore Baum, 1583. Cologne:: Theodore Baum, 1583., 1583. Folio. Collation: †6, A-4K4 [lacks 4K4 blank]. Pagination: [12], 624, [5] pp. xylographic device on title in an ornate frame, Adam and Eve with serpent and the tree of knowledge, 2 portraits of the author [with heading initials I.T.H. ae[tas] sue A[nno] 53], below portrait is the date 1562, numerous plates of chiromantic hands, physiognomic portraits, astrological charts, and zodiacal emblematic woodcuts, extensive index; small puncture affecting pp. 607-8. Original full vellum, title in manuscript on spine, edges blue; browned (as usual), lower margin worming from 4C3-4G4 (touching a few letters), ink stain at top edge (no text affected), leaves from 4H to end are supplied from other smaller copies, still a nice copy in very good condition. Armorial bookplate with manuscript initials T CA. Very good. Second edition, originally issued in 1562. Jean Taisnier (1508/9-62) was tutor to the pages of Charles V whom he accompanied to Tunis in 1535 and later to Italy. He taught at several Italian schools and he retired to Cologne after Charles' death in 1558. ". . . his combination of interest in occult arts or pseudo-sciences with technology, measurement, something of mathematical method, and a yearning for new discovery through physical experiment represents his own choice and selection and makes him of some significance in the history of magic and experimental science." :: Thorndike V, p. 581. / "Taisnier posed as a distinguished specialist in the art of chiromancy. He asserted, like Cocles, that his judgeme … [Click Below for Full Description]
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