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Miscellaneous manuscripts, after 1597.

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Publication:
after 1597.
Format/Description:
Manuscript
1 item (2 bifolia)
Subjects:
Vincenzo I Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua, 1562-1612.
Cesare d'Este, Duke of Modena and Reggio, 1552-1628.
Marie de Médicis, Queen, consort of Henry IV, King of France, 1573-1642.
Astrology -- Early works to 1800.
Horoscopes -- Early works to 1800.
Form/Genre:
Manuscripts, Italian -- 16th century.
Manuscripts, Italian -- 17th century.
Manuscripts, Renaissance.
Manuscripts, European.
Language:
In Latin.
Summary:
2 disbound bifolia from a collection of horoscopes probably compiled in Italy. The left-hand side of each opening is printed with a blank horoscope chart, in a quadrate form. Each chart has annotations in Latin on the horoscope of a different individual, based on the orientation of the heavens at the time of birth, which is marked in the center of each chart. One bifolium has on one side the horoscope of Cesare d'Este, duke of Modena; the date in the center of the chart (October 1562, day uncertain) does not match his date of birth, but the accompanying notes record that he succeeded Alfonso II as duke in 1597 (the latest date on either bifolium). On the reverse is the horoscope of Vincenzo Gonzaga, duke of Mantua, born 21 September 1562. The second bifolium has on one side a horoscope marked with the name of Marie de Médicis, using the date of birth of 26 April 1575, but otherwise blank; on the reverse is a horoscope for an unidentified member of the House of Medici, possible date of birth 26 January 1517. An additional page of notes faces the unidentified horoscope, including the dates 1580, 1581, and 1587; it is unlikely that these notes faced that horoscope when the leaves were bound and thus probably do not refer to the unidentified individual. Slight worm damage.
Local notes:
Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Henry Charles Lea Fund.
Provenance:
Sold by Samuel Gedge Ltd., cat. XII (2012), no. 2.
Contributor:
Henry Charles Lea Fund.
Web link:
The Henry Charles Lea Fund Home Page
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