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Penn Library's Ms. Codex 1646 - Estado astrologico (Video Orientation)


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Video Orientation to the University of Pennsylvania Library's Ms. Codex 1646, the first part of a four-part poem in octaves on the monarchy of Portugal, with allusions to astrology, alchemy, and cabala. The manuscript contains a copy of the edition printed in Lisbon in 1624 in 131 octaves, with its accompanying annotations on selected octaves, followed by another copy of the work, copied from an edition printed in Hamburg in 1644 in 133 octaves; 20 aphorisms of Bocarro from 1626; summaries of 3 documents (dated 1659, 1640, and 1668) related to Manoel Bocarro; and a list of dias aziagos (fateful days) for a particular year, date not given. The list of fateful days is probably from another manuscript, being written in different hand and foliated (f. 59), unlike the rest of this manuscript.

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Astrology--Early works to 1800, Codices, Histories (literature genre), Poems, Manuscripts Portuguese--17th century, Manuscripts European

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Penn Library's Ms. Codex 1646 - Estado astrologico (Video Orientation)