hist-games: Re: Vulson

Crescentia _ crescentia3 at hotmail.com
Thu Apr 24 11:33:10 PDT 2003


If you're interested in a work by Vulson, the most accessible will probably 
be:

"The court of curiosity
wherein the most intricate questions are resolved by a most curious 
fortune-book, and dreams and visions explained and interpreted according to 
the antients and practice of the moderns"

It deals mostly with fortune-telling by numbers and dreams. This one is 
translated from the French (3rd ed. 1681), but is in microform. It's pretty 
easily available in the US--- if you want a specific list of Universities, 
email me and I can send you the list.

Most of his works, though, are still in the French and not easily available.

"Les portraits des hommes illvstres françois,
qui sont peints dans la galerie du Palais cardinal de Richelieu. Avec leurs 
principales actions, armes & devises. Ensemble les abregez historiques de 
leurs vies" might deal with heraldry, as someone mentioned. (1668) Keep in 
mind that a lot of his works have seen multiple editions. Another of his 
heraldic (I think? I don't know French ^_^) works, for instance, can be 
found as "Les portraits des hommes illustres françois" (1st ed, 1650); and 
"Histoire des illustres et grands hommes de nostre temps," (2nd ed. 1673); 
and "Les hommes illustres et grands capitaines françois" (1693).

"La science heroique : traitant de la noblesse, et de l'origine des armes, 
de leurs blasons, & symboles; des timbres, bourlets, couronnes, cimiers, 
lambrequins, supports, tenans, & autres ornamens de l'ecu; de la devise, & 
du cry de guerre; de l'ecu pendant, des pas, & emprises des anciens 
chevaliers, & des formes differentes de leurs tombeaux; et enfin des marques 
exterieures de l'ecu de nos rois, des reines, enfans de France, & des 
officiers de la couronne, & de la maison du Roy." (2nd ed. 1669) (more 
heraldry?)

You said you've already seen "Les oracles divertissans, ov l'on trovve la 
decision des questions les plus curieuses pour se réjouïr dans les 
compagnies. Avec vn traité tres recreatif des couleurs, aux armoiries, aux 
liurées, & aux faueurs; & la signification des plantes, fleurs, & fruits. Le 
tout accommodé à la diction françoise, par M.W.D.L.C.", correct? That seems 
to be another of his fortunetelling books, also dealing with symbolism of 
colors and flowers, and dealing with color in heraldry. (1662) This is a 
2-volume set; volume 2 is titled "Traité cvrievx et recreatif des couleurs, 
& de leurs blazons & symboles mysterieux aus armoiries ..."

And another fortunetelling books of his is: "Le palais de l'amour et la roüe 
de la fortune dans lequel les curieux trouveront la décision des questions 
amoureuses & fortunées ...
Augmenté d'un traité des songes, avec leurs explications & autres 
gallanteries." (1646) (Though this one may be tough to get ahold of.)

The death dates I've been seeing tend to be 1665.

-Deanna

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What I do know though, is that, according to the library catalogue, Marc 
Vulson de la Colombiere died in 1658, which so far I didn’t get confirmed 
anywhere else. Also I have seen references to his work on heraldry, but 
haven’t seen any books on it myself.

Alexandra

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