Apr 08, 2021 - Sale 2563

Sale 2563 - Lot 221

Price Realized: $ 1,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 700 - $ 900
Leopold, Duke of Austria (13th century)
Compilatio Leupoldi Ducatus Austrie Filii de Astrorum Scientia Decem Continentis Tractatus.

Venice: [Jacobus Pentius for] Melchior Sessa and Petrus de Ravanis, 1520.

Second edition, quarto, lacking text leaf C1; large woodcut on title, with smaller Sessa device depicting a cat with a rat in its mouth, illustrated with many woodcuts in text, bound in later blind-tooled dark morocco, Renaissance revival, joints rubbed, structurally sound, 7 3/4 x 5 1/2 in.

Little is known about the medieval astronomer/astrologer who has left us this work. It is mainly concerned with the zodiac, astrological predictions, the weather, and ancient gods, and was influential and admired by early astronomers.

Adams L-516; Sander 3948; Essling 2081; Houzeau and Lancaster 4783.

Provenance: from the Stephen White Collection.