London: Thomas Ratcliffe and Nathaniel Thompson, 1672. First English language edition. Contemporary sprinkled calf with five raised bands and gilt to spine. Extremities of spine expertly restored and front joint strengthened. All edges sprinkled red. Early ownership signature of B. Talbot 1690 to front endpaper. Occasional early ink notations to margins and a few trivial spots to paper, else an exceptionally clean and pleasing copy. Folio measuring 190 x 295mm and collating , 522: complete, including frontis.
For years a wandering physician, Nostradamus spent his energy pursuing knowledge of the ancient Hebrew prophets, to whose religion his family had adhered until their conversion to Catholicism. In 1555, his prophecies first appeared in print and made him famous for his astrological forecasts -- predictions he claimed were divinely inspired. "Most of the predictions Nostradamus composed during his life dealt with disasters such as plagues, earthquakes, wars, floods, invasions, murders, droughts, and battles. Enthusiasts have credited him with predicting numerous events in world history including the French Revolution, the rises of Napoleon and Hitler, the development of the atomic bomb, and the September 11 World Trade Center attacks...Nostradamus' timeless predictions continue to make him popular to those seeking answers to life's more difficult questions" (Biography). Today, Nostradamus remains an infamous and controversial figure. Here, his predictions about the future of humanity and the world appear in English for the first time.
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