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NOSTRADAMUS, Michel.

The True Prophecies or Prognostications of Michael Nostradamus...

Physician to Henry II. Francis II. and Charles IX. Kings of France, And one of the best Astronomers that ever were. A Work full of Curiosity and Learning. Translated and Commented by Theophilus de Garencières, Doctor in Physick Colleg. Lond.

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Published: London by Thomas Ratcliffe, and Nathaniel Thompson, and are to be sold by John Martin [& 7 others in London], 1672

Stock Code: 132714

£12,500
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Notes

First edition in English. The prophecies of Nostradamus (1503-1566) were first published in part as Les Propheties in 1555; the complete collection of 942 verses was posthumously published in 1568. The translator Theophilus Garencières (1610-c.1680) was a French physician who came to England with the French ambassador in the 1650s and settled there, leaving the Catholic church, and publishing books mostly on medical matters. His edition of Nostradamus gives the French text of each quatrain followed by the English translation and some usually short but useful notes. English interest in the prophecies of Nostradamus had been aroused by the successive cataclysms of civil war, plague, and the Great Fire of London.

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Description

Folio (300 x 194 mm). Contemporary calf, rebacked and recornered, orange calf label, marbled edges, later endpapers.

Illustrations

Engraved frontispiece incorporating portraits of the author and translator (often absent), title printed in red and black, woodcut initials and head- and tailpieces.

Condition

19th-century bookplate of Charles Hoare. Covers a little dried and scuffed, contents lightly browned, a few minor marks on title page, minor cracking between title and dedicatory leaves, short split to p. 229 without loss to text, small chip to pp. 231/2 with loss to pagination, trivial wormhole in gutter of pp. 281 to end. A very good copy.

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