Lot 09
M.J. Praetorius LUDICRUM CHIROMANTICUM SEU THESAURUS CHIROMANTIAE

1661
Period parchment binding
20 x 16 x 6 cm (h x w x d)

Starting price
24 000 CZK
   |   960 €
Price realized
40 000 CZK
   |   1 600 €
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An extensive Latin compendium in the field of occult sciences deals with chiromancy - hand reading, metoposcopy - divination of human character and destiny from human physiognomy, magic and other disciplines of occultism based on extrasensory perception of reality. The book is richly illustrated with textual, sometimes full-page rich woodcuts, diagrams, diagrams, vignettes, initials and ornaments. It also contains an allegorical frontispiece marked below by J.B.Paravicinus and 1 folded woodcut graphological board. A rare book bound with it: Avianus, W. Geburtsstunde. Leipzig, Fuhrmann, 1665. A short German treatise on astrological aspects of human birth. Both early works in one massive volume in glazed period parchment are in excellent collector's condition.