Illustrated manual on astrology, geomancy, physiognomy, and chiromancy, 1727

Het groote planeet-boeck, met de geomanci, physiognomi ende chyromanci. Amsterdam, Erv. wed. Gybert de Groot, 1727. 8vo (14 x 8,5 cm). 147 [1] ll. Illustrated with woodcuts in the text. Recased in old vellum, with the boards pasted over with red paper. Bookblock cut short, title-page with a few annotations, papier slightly browned. Overall in good condition.

 

An immensely popular manual on astrology, geomancy, physiognomy, and chiromancy, illustrated throughout with wonderfully crude woodcuts.

 

Of the first edition apparently not a single copy survives. The earliest extant edition is that of 1591. The manual proved extremely popular, going through dozens of editions, and remaining in print for over 200 years. Virtually all editions are rare. The present "14th" edition is no exception: this is the second copy located.

 

Hoogendoorn, p. 1020, no. 05; STCN (1 copy).

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