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Astronomy.- Digges (Leonard) A Prognostication everlasting of right good effect, collation: A-O4, largely printed in black letter, woodcut astrological illustration to title, woodcut illustrations, diagrams, initials and decorations, lacking folding plate, cropped with loss of text in many instances, title soiled, staining to final leaf, 18th century half sheep, worn, [STC 435.57], small 4to, Imprinted at London by the Widow Orwin, 1596.

⁂ Following the edition of 1576, editions of the Prognostication everlastinge followed over the next 30 years, each of which is known, as in the case of this1596 edition, in a handful of copies, and in many cases lacking the diagram. "Copies exist of editions dated 1578, 1583 [colophon 1584], 1585, 1592, 1596, and 1605. Of most of these editions only one or two copies are extant, and these are often imperfect, so that it seems entirely possible that other editions may have been printed of which no copy has survived" (Johnson, p. 72). These numerous editions reveal the popularity of Digges's work. It also appears likely that the Italian philosopher Giordano Bruno, who lectured on Copernicus at Oxford in the summer of 1583, was acquainted with the Prognostication. "Although Bruno, unless unaided by a friend, would not have been able to read Digges's English text, he could certainly have contemplated his well-known Copernican picture of the universe, and may have had it in mind when preparing his own rather different Copernican picture to illustrate the text of the fourth dialogue of The Ash Wednesday Supper" (H. Gatti, Giordano Bruno's Copernican Diagrams, p. 31).

ESTC locates 7 copies only (including this), only two of which (Harvard and Uni of Wisconsin) in N. America.

Provenance: Thomas Sutton (bookplate)
Rothamsted acquisition date 1931.

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Astronomy.- Digges (Leonard) A Prognostication

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Auction Curated By:
Rupert Powell
International Head of Books and Works on Paper
Justin Phillips
Early and Continental Printing