Prognosticon physicum. Joannes HEBENSTREIT.
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Harrowing Astrological Predictions for 1565.

Prognosticon physicum.

First edition of an especially virulent astrological prediction for the year 1565 by the Erfurt physician and astronomer Joannes Hebenstreit, who produced prognostications for every year from 1553 until his death in 1569, but exemplars from some of these years have not survived. The text surrounding the bizarre title woodcut sums up Hebenstreit's main points well: in 1565 the Pope will die, the Turks will perish, plague will reign, war will ravage, the Empire will fall. The arresting title woodcut illustrates a soldier and a skeleton bearing a coffin upon a catafalque covered with a mortcloth and topped with a papal tiara, all set against a backdrop of a burning city, the smoke from which roils in a turbulent sky where a dragon encircles two foreboding, eclipsed suns. Each of Hebenstreit's predictions are provided in graphic, apocalyptic detail, and he offers ideas for neither remedy nor prevention. Indeed, in the final section, Hebenstreit predicts not only a resurgence of plague, but something new and even worse: a fresh pestilence that will bring with it untold suffering and an unimaginable symptomatology that will drive the afflicted mad before it kills. The most doomsaying prognostication in Hebenstreit's oeuvre. No copies located in American libraries.


Full title: PROGNOSTICON | PHYSICVM: | Des Jhars Jheſu | CHRIſti/1565. Auff ergangene | Exempla der verloffenen Hiſtorien/ und | alten Weiſſagung gegründet.  [Prognosticating woodcut surrounded by text: Papæ cadet, Placido cum Cæſare Turca peribit, Maximus Aemilius Patria feret Pestis erit fera bella gerentur in orbe Concidet Imperij priſtina sacri. 60.] Mit h[oe]chſtem fleiſſe/ Warnungs wei- | ſe geſtalt/ Durch || Joannem Hebenſtreit/ Philoſophiæ || & Medicinæ Doctorem, Der loeblichen Frie- | deſtadt Erffordt/ verordenten | Phyſicum. [Colophon D4r]: Gedruckt zu Erffordt/ durch Georgium Baw- | man/ zum bunten Lawen/ bey S. | Paul. [Erfurt: Georg Baumann, 1564]

Erfurt: Georg Baumann, 1564.

Quarto, 189 x 142 x 6 mm (binding), 186 x 137 x 3 mm (binding). A-D4; 31, [1] pp. Modern plain Bradel-style binding of blue-gray decorative paper over thin boards, titled and dated in gilt on spine. Interior: Leaves toned, tail fore-corner of title torn away, mended without loss of text.

Provenance:

Acquired by W. S. Cotter Rare Books from Julian Comellas, Barcelona, November, 2021.

Cantamessa 3607; Zinner 2370; Houzeau-Lancaster 14786 (this citation encompasses editions for years from 1565-1568); VD16 H881; not in Caillet, Dorbonne, or Durling.

Item #252

Price: $2,800.00