1234. [Mathematics]


Opus mathematicum octo libros complectens, innumeris propemodum figuris idealibus manuum et physiognomiae, aliisque adornatum, quorum sex priores libri absolutissimae cheiromantiae theoricam, praxim, doctrinam, artem, & experientiam verissimam continen [...].

Cologne, J. Birckmann, W. Rickwin, 1562

Folio: [12]-624-[6] pp. (some ms. notes on blank 2K4, title soiled, obtrusive dampstaining on the first quires, spotting and browning throughout, old repairs to G3, Cc3 and blank KK4, lvs Y2 and Y3 loose, few ink marks).

Contemp. limp vellum (warping, from another volume?, faint blindstamp to upper cover), spine with raised bands.

Very rare first edition of Taisnier's work on palmistry and astrology. Illustrated with a woodcut device on title, woodcut portrait on verso of title and on verso of final leaf of index and numerous woodcut illustrations in-text showing palms of hands.
Ref. Poggendorf II:1066. - VD16 T-72. - Adams T-69. - STC German 848. - Houzeau & Lancaster 4885.
Prov. "Abraham Linezar Anno Domini 1564" (ms. entry on title). - One other contemp. ms. entry on title. - Libr. stamp on verso title. - Traces of a blindst. on A1.

€ 1.200 / 1.500

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