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Nostradamus and His Prophecies
Hardcover, 823 pages
Bell Publishing Co., 1982
Nostradamus' prophecies have aroused the intense and unflagging interest of millions of English-speaking men and women in the four centuries since they were first published. Yet, although they have inspired many books, the prophecies have never previously been presented in a complete and scholarly translation. The only translations of any kind of all Nostradamus' prophecies are contained in a superficial and careless work of 1672 and in an adaptation of it published in this country.
Nostradamus and His Prophecies provides the long-overdue exhaustive translation. The complete original prophecies are printed in a definitive modern text based on word-by-word comparison of the earlies editions, with the English translation on facing pages. Notes below the text clarify doubtful wording, while in the extensive Commentary section the author indicates what Nostradamus probably had in mind or, where this is impossible to determine, at least the geographical and historical implications. The Commentary section also includes the most famous interpretations--and also the most infamous.
To further assist the general reader in comprehending Nostradamus' prophecies, the Commentary section is preceded by a survey of the historical background of the prophecies and a chronology of significant dates whih captions as readable as tabloid headlines--which they often resemble.
For the benefit of the general reader, the Nostradamian enthusiast and the serious critic alike, the author provides a series of indexes, by far the most complete ever compiled, invaluable for comparing quatrains with similar geographical settings, similar proper names, similar themes and the like.
This copy is a printing from the 1982 edition and is in good condition. The book is a hardcover and is without writing, marks or tears. The pages are beginning to tan and there is some foxing on the upper page ends. The dustjacket is in excellent condition with only one small tear at the top rear binding. There are no remainder marks, the dustjacket is not clipped (no price-listing) and this is not an ex-library copy.