Les vrayes centuries et propheties de maistre Michel Nostradamus: où se void representé tout ce qui s'est passé, tant en France, Espagne, Italie, Allemagne, Angleterre, qu'autres parties du monde. Reveües & corrigées suivant les premieres editions imprimées en Avignon en l'an 1558 & à Lyon en l'an 1558. Avec la vie de l'autheur.
A Paris: Chez Jean Ribou, 1669.

Michel de Nostradame, more commonly known as Nostradamus, was born on December 14, 1503, in St. Remy de Provence. He died at Salon, on July 2, 1566, and was buried in a wall of the Church of the Cordeliers. In 1791 his grave was opened, and his bones were reburied in the Church of St. Laurent, also in Salon. Nostradamus has become one of the world's most widely known and read prophets. Since his death, more than four hundred books and essays about his prophecies have been published.

The Centuries was written as a collection of prophetic quatrains, rhymed four-line verses, in an obscure mixture of French, Latin, Greek, and Provençal with no chronological order, which has inspired his follower to arrange them. These poetic yet cryptic quatrains are claimed by some to conceal information about future events. His followers say he predicted, among other things, the French Revolution, the birth and rise to power of Hitler, the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Great Fire of London (1666), and the destruction of the space shuttle Challenger. He completed a total of 942 quatrains which he organized into Centuries - groups of 100 quatrains (one Century only had 42 quatrains).