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Flores Albumasaris Flores Albumasaris.

Flores Albumasaris Flores Albumasaris.
  • Author(s):
    Abū Maʻshar, -886
    Abū Maʻshar, -886
  • Date:
    1488
  • Place:
    [Augsburg]
  • Keywords:
    Astrology, Augsburg, Zodiac, Planet, Incunable, Medieval period, 15th century
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Two first editions of works by the famous astrologer Abū Ma‘shar (Albumasar, c.787–886), both translated into Latin probably by John of Seville. 1. Flores astrologiae. This is the Latin version of Abū Ma‘shar's Kitab Tahewil sini 'l-alam (also known as Kitāb al-nukat). The text concerns the nature of a year (or month or day) as determined by the horoscope of its beginning and was intended as a practical manual for the instruction and training of astrologers. Dated 18 November 1488. 2. De magnis coniunctionibus. The Arabic original was known by titles including Kitāb fi duwal wa-al-milal (Book on Dynasties and Religions) and Kitāb al-qirānāt (Book of Conjunctions). This elaborate astrological interpretation of history, of Sassanian (Zoroastrian) origin, reached Abū Ma‘shar through the works of Māshā’allāh, al-Ṭabarī and al-Kindī. The book suggests that ever-changing planetary influences mean no human institution – be that religion or kingly power – can hold a permanent state. The book is in eight chapters: on the appearance of prophets and their laws, the rise and fall of dynasties and kings, the effects of planetary combinations, the effect of each zodiacal sign's being in the ascendant, the lordships of the planets, transits, each zodiacal sign as muntaha and as ascendant of the revolution of the year, and the revolution of the years. There are also significant passages on comets that influenced medieval Western writers. Dated 31 March 1489.

  • Author(s):
    Abū Maʻshar, -886
    Abū Maʻshar, -886
  • Date:
    1488
  • Place:
    [Augsburg]
  • Keywords:
    Astrology, Augsburg, Zodiac, Planet, Incunable, Medieval period, 15th century
  • Edition:
    First edition
  • Alternative Title:
    Flores astrologiae with de magnis coniunctionibus
  • Language:
    Latin
  • Content type:
    Single-volume work