Flores Albumasaris.

Abū Maʻshar, -886.
Standardized Title:
Selections. Latin. 1488
Other Title:
Incipit: Incipit tractatus Albumasaris florum astrologie
Tractatus Albumasaris florum astrologie
Goff title: Flores astrologiae
[Augsburg : Erhard Ratdolt, 18 Nov. 1488]
[20] leaves (last leaf blank) : ill. ; 22 cm. (4to)
s.m. s.s. t.:& refi (C) 1488 (R)
Astronomy -- Early works to 1800.
Astrology, Arabic -- Early works to 1800.
Incunabula -- Germany -- Augsburg -- 1488.
Place of Publication:
Germany Augsburg.
Probably an abridgment of De magnis coniunctionibus, translated by Joannes Hispalensis from the author's Kitāb aḥkām sinī al-mawālīd and other of his works. Cf. Sarton, An introd. to the hist. of science (Baltimore [1927-31]), v. 1, p. 568 and v. 2, p. 170; and Enzyk. d. Islām.
Title from title leaf. Author from incipit on leaf a2r.
Imprint from colophon, which reads: Opus floru[m] Albumasaris explicit feliciter. Erhardi ratdolt Augustensis viri solertis eximia industria: [et] mira imprimendi arte: qua nu[per] venetijs: nu[n]c Auguste vindelico[rum] excellit nominatissim[us]. xiiij. kal[endas] Dece[m]bris M.cccc.lxxxviij.
Chancery quarto. Leaf a6r: 39 lines; area of text: 145 x 107 mm. Printed initials and paragraph marks. With signatures; without foliation or catchwords. Woodcut illustrations: signs of the zodiac and planetary signs (some repeated); 6 astrological diagrams.
Signatures: a-b⁸ c⁴.
Local notes:
Penn Libraries Lea copy bound with: Abū Maʻshar. Introductorium in astronomiam Albumasaris Abalachi octo continens libros partiales. [Augsburg : Erhard Ratdolt, 7 Feb. 1489]. (Goff A-359)
Leaf size (Lea copy): 206 x 153 mm.
Rubrication (Lea copy): underlines and capital strokes supplied in red; a few initials and illustrations hand-colored in red.
Provenance (Lea copy): From the library of Henry Charles Lea. With his bookplate affixed to back pastedown and his autograph (1876) on title leaf. Armorial bookplates of Zygmunt Czarnecki and M.J. de Mayrhofen affixed to front pastedown; stamp of Władysław Hrabia Bieliński on leaf a2r.
Penn Libraries Lea copy bound by Kurt Gaebel and Sons (Holland, PA) in one-quarter modern brown morocco over wooden boards; spine stamped in gold with author, titles ("Flores Astrologiae and Introductorium in Astronomiam"), date and shelf-mark ("Inc. LEA 1877"); remains of 1 leather and metal clasp with metal catchplate; binding signed at foot of back free endpaper.
Penn Libraries Lea copy has ms. notes on t.p. verso.
Penn Libraries Lea copy: title leaf mended at outer margins; leaf a2 mended at outer margin; leaf a8 mended at lower margin.
Penn Libraries RBC copy bound with: Abū Maʻshar. Introductorium in astronomiam Albumasaris Abalachi octo continens libros partiales. [Augsburg : Erhard Ratdolt, 7 Feb. 1489]. (Goff A-359)
Leaf size (RBC copy): 196 x 141 mm.
Penn Libraries RBC copy without rubrication.
Penn Libraries RBC copy has ms. general title leaf ("Introductorium & Flores Albumasaris") in a modern hand inserted at beginning of volume.
Penn Libraries RBC copy has armorial bookplate of John Bellingham Inglis affixed to front pastedown.
Penn Libraries RBC copy bound by John Faulkner (with his ticket affixed to front pastedown) in full blue morocco; boards tooled in gold and blind; 5 raised, gold-tooled bands on spine; spine tooled in gold at head and foot; 2 spine panels lettered in gold with brief title ("Albumasar Flores") and date ("Mcccclxxxviii") and remainder tooled in blind; blind-ruled cover edges and gold-tooled turn-ins; salmon endpapers; all edges gilt; red silk marker; stamp of Kurt Gaebel & Sons on back free endpaper.
Penn Libraries RBC copy: leaves cropped at all margins.
Penn Provenance:
Lea, Henry Charles, 1825-1909 (autograph)
Czarnecki, Zygmunt (bookplate) (former owner)
Mayrhofen, M. J. de (bookplate) (former owner)
Bieliński, Władysław Hrabia (former owner) (stamp)
Inglis, John Bellingham (bookplate) (RBC copy)
Penn Chronology:
1488 (18 Nov.)
Cited in:
Goff A-356
BM 15th cent. II, 382 (IA. 6673)
GW 837
BN cat. des incun. A-192
Walsh, J.E. 15th cent. printed books, 618
ISTC ia00356000
Joannes, Hispalensis, 12th cent.
Ratdolt, Erhard, 1447?-1527 or 1528, printer.
Incunable Collection (University of Pennsylvania)
Henry Charles Lea Library (University of Pennsylvania)
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