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BLOCK, Magnus Gabriel
Åkskillige Anmaerkningar oefwer tessa tiders astrologiska phantantiska och enthusiasticka prognostiker spådomar och Prophetier,: beträffande menniskjans wäsende och wandel i gemen; men i synnerhet religions- och statz saker, förnemligast i the nordiska länder .
1708 - 4to (190 x 135mm. ) [24], 148, [4]pp., folding woodcut plate of meteorite at p.74, some contemporary notes on title-page and in margins, modern half calf over marbled paper boards, red edges Linköping: Tryckt Åhr First edition. Magnus Gabriel Block (1669-1722), a doctor of medicine from Harderwijk, and physician to Charles XII of Sweden, had studied at Uppsala and travelled widely in Europe, at one time being found in Florence at the court of Cosimo III. In 1702 he visited England. The work is a sceptical history of prophecy and prognostication, and includes not only such figures as Stoeffler, Lucas Gauricus, Petrus de Alliaco, Cardano and others, but also figures like Nostradamus and even Paracelsus (who was a considerable influence on Block) as well as false prophecies of various types, and there are various quotations from Lucretius in one of the sections, including the famous 'Tantum Religio potuit suadere malorum'). To some extent it is based on the Cambridge divine John Spencer's A Discourse concerning prodigies (1663). On p.2 is the following reference to Jonathan Swift's famous anti-Partridge ?Bickerstaff? Prediction for the Year 1708, giving an insight into its rapid circulation around Europe, although Swift's identity remained hidden: 'London 9 april 1708: 'Inclosed I send you the desired pamphlet published under the name of one Isak Bickerstaff . writ by one M. Escourt a Player, for the diversion of the town . he tells you, that Partridge the almanachmaker should dye the 29 march last, and I can assure you, he is now alive .' Chapters 32, 35 and 36 are als … [Click Below for Full Description]
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