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Hartmann Schedel, collector and copyist of astrological annual predictions

Hartmann Schedel, collectionneur et copiste de prédictions astrologiques annuelles

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In the late fifteenth century, the humanist physician and bibliophile Hartmann Schedel (1440-1514) assembled a large library of manuscript and printed books. Among them, the two dozen astrological annual prognostications he copied are making up a remarkable set for nowadays historians. As in every collection, the choice Schedel made between prognostications to write down and the ones to leave out is far from random. By studying the main astrological features characterizing those predictions – especially when they're not shared by others produced at the same time – we can formulate hypotheses about his motivations. It seems that his objective may have been to collect newly published prognostications in order to fill a gap in the German area, at the time small producer of such texts. In that, his case would be similar to other bibliophiles in other regions, such as Ferdinand Columbus in Castille. The fact that, unlike the latter, he chose to copy these ephemera, rather than keeping their original incunabula exem-plars, is also of some meaning for the study of cultural practices in the first decades of the print era.
À la fin du XVe siècle, le médecin et bibliophile humaniste Hartmann Schedel (1440-1514) assembla une vaste bibliothèque de livres manuscrits et imprimés. Parmi ceux-ci, les deux douzaines de pronostications annuelles qu'il recopia constituent une perle pour les historiens. L'objectif de cet article est de pointer quelques caractéristiques des prédictions astrologiques que Schedel choisit de sélectionner, et, semble-t-il, de recopier plutôt que de conserver leur support incunable. La thèse soutenue est que l'objectif de Schedel était de collecter toutes les nouvelles prédictions annuelles publiées et de les conserver dans une région à l'époque peu productrice de tels textes. En cela, il serait le pendant allemand d'autres bibliophiles humanistes comme Fernand Colomb en Castille
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Alexandre Tur. Hartmann Schedel, collectionneur et copiste de prédictions astrologiques annuelles. Bulletin du bibliophile, 2015, 2, pp.278-296. ⟨hal-01266958⟩
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