550J Nicolas CAUSSIN S.J., (1583-1651); Estevan de AGUILAR Y ZUÑIGA

Corte Divina, o Palacio Celestial. Primero y segundo tomo, que son diez, y onze de lCorte Santa. Escriviola en lengua latina … N. Causino … y en la Española, el Doct..E. de Aguilar y Zuñiga.

In Madrid, Por Joseph Fernández de Buendia, a costa de Lorenzo de Ibarra, 1675. Price $6,500

Two Quarto volumes: 21 x 15 cm. Signatures: Vol.I: ¶8, ¶¶4, A-Z8 ; Vol.II π4, A-V8, X4, a-c8, d4. Rare First Edition, none recorded in th U.S. befor the 1750 edition.

(Published separately to follow the “Holy Court” of the author, of which they were to form volumes 10 and 11, these two volumes are entirely devoted to astronomy and astrology:)

see deBacker Sommervogel vol. II col.912/913. (no.7)

wonders of the sky, life and composition of the stars, eclipses, constellations, effects of stars on sublunar creatures, legitimate predictions of astrologers, etc. It is bound in full lace vellum from the period, slightly distorted. Each volume has leaves of other texts as free end pages or pasted down and free end page. In volume one the paste down and free end leaf is from a printed uncut signature D1-8 from a small 10×8 cm. octavo (?) It appears that Joseph Fernandez de Buendia did not print any books this small (Oclc, world cat,et c.) Most likely is is a catechism, in spanish. In volume two one leaf from Orazio Torsellino, Discursos historiales panegyricos de las glorias de la Serenissima Reyna de los angeles en su sagrada casa de Loreto. Madrid : Por Joseph Fernandez de Buendia 1617,or 1671. Old waterstains, and a few signature with originally bad paper. Holes through pages 139-148 with a small loss of text. Modest but interesting and complete copy.

These two volumes are entirely devoted to astrology: wonders of the sky, life and composition of the stars, eclipses, constellations, effects of stars on sublunar creatures, Ephemerities Elegitimate forecasts of astrologers, etc. Very beautiful frontispiece and engraved title page. Modest but interesting and complete copy.

Ref.: ?) Simón Díaz IV-2747; (? Not in DeBacker-Sommervogel, la Bibliothèque de la Compagnie de Jésus

Young Caussin’s success in oratory, particularly after his entry into the Society of Jesus (1609), was brilliant, and drew to him the attention of the royal family. When the kingdom of Henry IV was fast declining under the impotent sway of the queen- regent, Marie de’ Medici, Louis XIII came to the throne. Richelieu summoned Caussin to court to direct the young king’s conscience. The king, who relied implicitly on him, was made to realize that peace would once more reign in his realm and in his own soul when he recalled the queen-mother and other members of the royal family from the banishment in which

they were languishing. Richelieu disliked this advice and accused Caussin of raising false scruples in the king’s mind, and even of holding communications that savoured of treachery or that were at all events disloyal to his sovereign, with another of the royal chaplains. Caussin was at once banished to Quimper-Corentin in Brittany, where he remained until the death of Richelieu in 1643, when he returned to Paris to prepare his works for the press.

Le parallèle de l’éloquence sacree et profane”; “La vie de Sante Isabelle de France, soeur du roi St. Louis”; “Vie du Cardinal du Richelieu”; “Thesaurus Græcæ Poeseos.” For his other works see De Backer, “Bibl. des écriv. de la c. de J.” (Liège, 1855), and Sommervogel (new ed., Liège)

Observaciones antiguas con que se conuence de supersticiosa a la Astrologia Iudiciaria, p. 1-34 (vol. II).