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Palmistry; one of the seven “forbidden arts”

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Author PICCIOLUS, Antonius, the elder (d. 1632) aka Antonio Piccioli
Title Antonii Piccioli seu Rapiti Renovati Cenetensis Iurisconsulti, Ad illustrissimum Lotharium de Comitibus, De Manus Inspectione Libri Tres.
Imprint Bergomi [i.e. Bergamo]: Expensis Joannis Batistae Ciotti Senensis 1587
Price £350.00                 Terms of Business
Stock No HMF1312
Description Small 8vo, †4, A-N8, O4, lacking O2-4, O2-3 (Index) supplied in facsimile, O4 blank, folding plate with mended tear with slight loss, uniformly browned throughout on account of the paper quality, bound in 18c. Italian paper boards, spine worn but sound.
Notes During the Middle Ages the art of palmistry was actively suppressed by the Catholic Church as pagan superstition. In Renaissance magic, palmistry (known as "chiromancy") was classified as one of the seven "forbidden arts." Therefore in Catholic Italy the present work would have been a surreptitious publication, frowned upon, possibly even banned, by the Church, which is probably the reason for its poor quality paper. It is uncommon in the market.