NOSTRADAMUS - Eugene Bareste, 1840. (Early French Version)
Bareste, Eugene,NOSTRADAMUS I. Vie de Nostrdamus, II. Histoire des oracles et des prophetes. III. Centuries de Nostradamus. IV. Explication des quatrains prophetiques. Paris: Maillet, 1840. Third edition,1/4 leather/pebble textured boards in black, gilt titling and three raised bands on spine, 16mo (6.625 x 4"), Good + / n.a., xiii, 526, . Overall rubbing and wear to binding, label has been removed at joint/head of front board, two faded library stamps and one phone number? on fly leaf and verso of frontis, top edge worn, text is stunningly white and completely free of any foxing.
This work, simply title, "Nostradamus" is one of the earliest known biographical works on the man. According to Edgar Leoni, "His book is chiefly noteworthy for much new biographical material, for which Bareste's enthusiasm seems to be the only source, and for its inclusion in the text of the now-lost first edition by Lyon Bonhomme (covering the preface and 353 quatrains). Bareste also made the first attempt at scientific bibliography, and is thus the starting point for the much more exhaustive works which followed.
Michel de Nostredame (depending on the source, 14 or 21 December 1503 – 2 July 1566), usually Latinised as Nostradamus, was a French physician and reputed seer, who is best known for his book Les Propheties, a collection of 942 poetic quatrains allegedly predicting future events. Ah, if I could only read French - quite the distinctive book indeed, a major segment of Captured Tyme.