January 01, 2004

Prodigiorum

The images below are of woodcut illustrations haphazardly selected from an anthology published in Basel, in 1557, by the Swiss philosopher, theologian and professor of grammar Conrad Lycosthenes (Konrad Wolfhart, 1518-1561): Prodigiorum ac ostentorum chronicon… ab exordio mundi usque ad haec nostra tempora, that is, a Chronicle of Omens and Portents… from the beginning of the world up to these our present times.

Woodcut illustration from Conrad Lycosthenes 'Prodigiorum'.

Woodcut illustration from Conrad Lycosthenes 'Prodigiorum'.

Lycosthenes compendiously collected and reproduced hundreds of accounts, both actual and mythical, of omens and prodigies spanning the whole of known history up to that point. His book is presented in full at Mario Gregorio’s fascinating site, which is primarily concerned with the prophecies of Nostradamus.

Woodcut illustration from Conrad Lycosthenes 'Prodigiorum'.


Woodcut illustration from Conrad Lycosthenes 'Prodigiorum'.

Also presented at ‘Prophecies on-line’ is a contemporary English translation of Lycosthenes’ book by one Dr Stephen Batman, ominously entitled The Doome, Warning to All Men.

Woodcut illustration from Conrad Lycosthenes 'Prodigiorum'.


Woodcut illustration from Conrad Lycosthenes 'Prodigiorum'.

A little further information about Lycosthenes and his book, and a few larger, and clearer images can be found here and here.

Woodcut illustration from Conrad Lycosthenes 'Prodigiorum'.


Woodcut illustration from Conrad Lycosthenes 'Prodigiorum'.

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The rhinocerous on plate 18 is a wondeful work...

Posted by: arturo on January 6, 2004 01:24 AM

Dear Sir

Was a facsimile of this book ever made?

Best wishes

Geraldo Hostin

Posted by: Geraldo Hostin on February 20, 2004 07:22 PM

your world is beautiful & enlightening, thank you ever so much for sharing it.

Posted by: livia on August 18, 2004 09:04 AM
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