Quadripartitum. Comm: Hali. Add: (pseudo-) Ptolemaeus: Centiloquium […]
Quadripartitum. Comm: Hali. Add: (pseudo-) Ptolemaeus: Centiloquium […]
1493 Edition of Ptolemy’s Quadripartitum

Quadripartitum. Comm: Hali. Add: (pseudo-) Ptolemaeus: Centiloquium […]

Venetijs [Venice]: per Bonetum Locatellu[m] : impensis nobilis viri Octauiani scoti ciuis Modoetie[n]sis [Bonetus Locatellus, for Octavianus Scotus], M. CCCC. LXXXXIII. i3. kalendas Januarias [i.e. 20 December, 1493]. First edition of this collection (second overall, here enlarged). In its first binding, blind-stamped pigskin-backed wooden boards, with original clasps. Illustrated with eighteen woodcut diagrams. With several woodcut initials, and initial spaces with guide letters, a woodcut printer’s device on the recto of the final leaf. Text in two columns, gothic type, 66 lines, and headline. ff. [2] 152. Signatures: [pi]² A⁸ B¹⁰ C-S⁸ T⁶. The leather of the binding was partly removed from the panels to patch the defects at the spine by an old hand. The upper clasp on the rear panel and the catches are missing. Few underlines and marginal notes in red and brown ink by different old hands. Wormholes to the second half of the book, affecting only the margins. The upper outer corner of A1 is torn, not affecting the text. Faint damp stain to the edges stronger at the beginning and the end. Worming to the rear panel. Overall in very good condition.

First edition of Ptolemy’s Quadripartitum within this collection of classical astrological and astronomical tracts, edited by Hieronymus Salius. Quadripartitum, Ptolemy’s classical text on astrology, is considered the Bible of Astrology which seeks to find rational explanations for astrological doctrine. The text was printed first in Venice by Ratdolt in 1484, the present edition, entirely edited by Hieronymus Salius, is the second print of Ptolemy’s tracts, and considerably enlarged by eleven further treatises of Hermes Trismegistus, Al Battani, Almanzor, Sahl ibn Bishr and Mashallah ibn Athari, most of them first printed here. Quadripartitum appears here in two Latin translations, the first attributed to Plato Tiburtinus, the second by Aegidius de Thebaldis, and it includes the extensive commentary by Haly Abenrudian (Ali ibn Ridwan, 988–1061). Scarce on the market, three copies recorded on Rarebookhub within the last one hundred years. Goff P-1089; Klebs 814.2.

Price: €38,000.00

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