May 05, 2022 - Sale 2603

Sale 2603 - Lot 283

Price Realized: $ 488
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Estimate: $ 300 - $ 500
Reinzer, Franz (1661-1708)
Meteorologia Philosophico-Politica, in Duodecim Dissertationes per Quaestiones Meteorologicas et Conclusiones Politicas Divisa, Appositisque.

Augsburg: Jeremias Wolf, 1698.

Second edition, added engraved title, illustrated with seventy-seven text engravings after Wolfgang-Joseph Kadoriza (1697-1730) by Johanna Sybilla Kraus (1650-1717), and Andreas Matthäus Wolfgang (1660-1736); first signature with some heavy worming to inner gutter; one word excised from a text leaf; large section of marginalia covered with blank paper, the same leaf with later gummed glassine paper repair across the page, lacking final ?blank, Qq2; bound in 18th century half parchment with speckled paper boards, worn, first signature detached, contemporary inscriptions to title, 12 x 7 1/2 in.

"While it was generally agreed upon that the erudition of Jesuit scholars enhanced the prestige of the Order, it became increasingly difficult for members of the Order to publish secular works during the 17th century, not least because prohibited opinions were codified in 1651. Censorship and self-censorship led to an absence of specialized treatise and gave rise to a vast production of reference books such as textbooks and compendia written by Jesuits. Hence, Reinzer's Meterologica is apparently such a mixture of different genres because the author resorted to an emblem book as camouflage for a specialized treatise on meteorology. [...] Reinzer's publication was well informed with regard to astronomy and natural philosophy on the whole." (c.f. Emblems and the Natural World, ed. Karl A.E. Enekel & Paul J. Smith, Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2017.)