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THE TRUE PROPHECIES OR PROGNOSTICATIONS OF NOSTRADAMUS An excessively rare and desirable book from Joseph Dunninger collection, 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 Garencieres, Doctor in Physick College. Lund, by Michael Nostradamus, the first English translation of the French seer's work, London: Printed by Thomas Ratcliffe and Nathaniel Thompson, 1672. Nostradamus (1503-1566) published his first collection of quatrains, under the name Les Propheties, in 1555. More verses followed until the complete collection of 942 verses was published in 1568. This first English edition has the French text of each quatrain followed by the translation and a comment. With Dunninger bookplate affixed to front pastedown. Rebound in vellum which bears large chips at spine and one corner, frontispiece bears large marginal chips and is backed on heavier stock, title page bears two reinforcing repairs on verso and a tiny repair at bottom, a 1/4" hole at right center margin, moderate soiling and page two-thirds detached from binding. The first three pages have been bleached, the balance bear varying degrees of water stains and foxing yet remain fully and easily legible. A very good copy of a landmark occult work, which is still being printed and analyzed today. Should be examined.
Estimate $ 1,500-2,000

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