Title: Les veritables propheties de Michel Nostradamus, 1720
Author: Michel Nostradamus
Publisher: A Turin, Chez Reycends & Guibert
An extremely scarce early 18th century edition of the true prophecies of Michel Nostradamus, where we see represented everything that has happened and will happen in France, Spain, Italy, Germany, England, and other parts of the world. The work bears two title pages, dividing the ten centuries of prophecies.
First published in 1555, the work is a collection of poetical quatrains, united in ten sets of verses, in this case described as Centuries, and broken down into 100 quatrains per century. Contrary to many modern editions which seek to follow his prophecies year by year, the predictions originally did not have any sort of chronological order at all, originally written in a random combination of French, Greek, Latin, and Occitan.
It is widely assumed that the quatrains contain numerous anagrams, as well as mythological and astrological references, designed in a way to be difficult to comprehend. Scholars have claimed that this was Nostradamus’ method to avoid persecution from the Holy Inquisition, out of fear of being declared a heretic. Many of the quatrains deal with disasters of varying levels, which is what Nostradamus granted his reputation as a prophet to predict the future, and many have credited him to accurately predicting many world events. Many academic sources have since rejected any extent of Nostradamus’ prophetic powers, pointing out that the English translations of his quatrains were not necessarily of a high quality, and at times mistranslated the prophecies to fit any narratives or events the translator believe they predicted.
There are contemporary marks throughout and several inscriptions.
Worldcat records 7 existing copies of this edition in libraries.
Two books bound into one volume in 12mo, (24)+192 pages
On note of condition, this volume is in good shape, with rubbing and wear to the boards, and wear and chipping to the foot of the spine. There is some foxing and soiling throughout.