Book Condition: Good+
Edition: First Edition
Size: Folio; , 522 pages
Publisher: London: Printed By Thomas Ratcliffe and Nathaniel Thompson, 1672.
A most respectable, unrestored first edition in English and French, bound in original leather with five raised bands, title printed in red and black, illustrated with ornamental woodcut headpieces and initials. Boards rubbed, spine and edges with areas of erosion, limited water staining to margins. Lacking rare frontispiece portraits and final blank page, all other pages present and intact. Misprinted page numbers 464 and 456 (for 495 and 496). Rare in any condition, particularly when unrestored.
French apothecary and reputed seer Michel de Nostredame (December 1503 – July 1566) issued his Les Propheties originally in 1555 and gained world-wide fame. In 1672, Theophilus de Garencières, a French apothecary who came to England with the French ambassador in the 1650s, was the first to translate Nostradamus into English, creating the bilingual text with the French quatrains with accompanying English translations and annotations; Woodcuts.