‎COCLES (B.) [Bartolomeo della Rocca].‎
‎Physiognomiae et Chiromantiae compendium. ‎

‎ 1538 Strasbourg, J. Albert, 1538.12mo (105x160mm), Small 8vo, bound in an old manuscript on vellum.‎

Reference : 52503


‎Scarce edition, unknown to Caillet.Fascinating illustration, consisting of 29 physiognomic figures et 160 woodcut figures explaining the art of palmistry and fortune telling. Cocles also gives an interesting account of some of his most curious theories about occult science and new means to communicate with the dead.Starting in 1498, Cocles was hired by Giovanni Bentivoglio, then dictator of Bologna, to predict the life expectancy and fate of different local personalities. In 1508 however, Cocles made one prediction too many when he asserted that Bentivoglio’s son, Ermes, would be killed in battle. Ermes had Cocles assasinated, but failed to escape his fate. He was killed in 1513 by Prospero Colonna at the battle of Olmo...Lovely copy, very well preserved.See, for other editions: Adams, C-2296, Ritter, II, 557 . ‎

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‎COCLES (B.) [Bartolomeo della Rocca].‎

Reference : 52504

(1538)

‎Physiognomiae et Chiromantiae compendium. ‎

‎ 1538 Strasbourg, J. Albert, 1538.12mo (105x160mm), Petit in-8, relié dans un parchemin manucrit ancien. ‎


‎Rarissime edition, inconnue à Caillet.Elle est remarquable pour ses 29 excellentes figures physiognomiques et ses 160 figures gravées sur bois expliquant la Chiromancie, c’est à dire l’art d’interpréter les lignes et les autres signes de la paume de la main. Cocles détaille également ses théories les plus intrigantes sur les sciences occultes et notamment la possibilité d’interroger les morts.Travaillant au service de Giovanni Bentivoglio, alors dictateur de Bologne, Cocles fut chargé de calculer l’espérance de vie et le destin des ennemis et collaborateurs de son patron. Il fut assassiné sur ordre du fils de celui-ci, après avoir prédit que le jeune Hermes Bentivoglio serait tué au combat. Aussi drastique soit-elle, la mesure n’y changea rien et le jeune Hermes perdit la vie à la Bataille de Olmo en 1513.Charmant exemplaire, remarquablement conservé, relié dans une jolie reliure en parchemin manuscrit ancienSee, for other editions: Adams, C-2296, Ritter, II, 557 . ‎

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