1589 Magiae Naturalis by Porta Magic Alchemy Poison Gunpowder Occult Witches

PORTA, Giambattista della

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One of the most impressive occult works on natural magic!

 

“Magiae Naturalis” by Giambattista della Porta covers a variety of subjects including occult philosophy, astrology, alchemy, mathematics, and meteorology. It was one of the first works of ‘popular science’ and indeed was popular – it was continually reprinted in various languages through the mid-17th-century!

 

This 1589 Naples edition is incredibly important in that it added new observations that were not previous published. While the earlier editions focused more on ancient world learning of that of Pliny, this edition includes “twenty books” on geology, optics, poison, cooking, metallurgy, magnets, cosmetics and perfume, gunpowder, and invisible writing!

 

In the preface of the 1658 English edition, Porta states,

A certain Frenchman in his Book called ‘Daemonomania,’ Tearms me a Magician, a Conjurer, and thinks this Book of mine, long since Printed, worthy to be burnt, because I have written the Fairies Oyntment, which I set forth oreily in detestation of the frauds of Divels and Witches; That which comes by Nature is abused by their superstition, which I borrowed from the Books of the most commendable Divines…I pas over other men of the same temper, who affirm that I a Witch and a Conjurer, whereas I never write here nor elsewhere, what is not contained within the bounds of Nature.”

Porta describes that he is no magician, however, he does claim to know the secrets of special spells and potions. For instance,

“to make a man believe he has changed into a bird or beast is done by infusing mandrake, stramonium or Solanum manieum, belladonna, and henbane, into a cup of wine.”

According to Summers,

“Porta says that he has known those who on drinking this menstruum imagined themselves to be fish, endeavouring to swim; or geese, hissing and trying to peck grass, and similar idle fancies.”

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1589 Magiae Naturalis by Porta Magic Alchemy Poison Gunpowder Occult Witches

EXCEEDINGLY RARE & IMPORTANT Folio Masterpiece

 

One of the most impressive occult works on natural magic!

 

“Magiae Naturalis” by Giambattista della Porta covers a variety of subjects including occult philosophy, astrology, alchemy, mathematics, and meteorology. It was one of the first works of ‘popular science’ and indeed was popular – it was continually reprinted in various languages through the mid-17th-century!

 

This 1589 Naples edition is incredibly important in that it added new observations that were not previous published. While the earlier editions focused more on ancient world learning of that of Pliny, this edition includes “twenty books” on geology, optics, poison, cooking, metallurgy, magnets, cosmetics and perfume, gunpowder, and invisible writing!

 

In the preface of the 1658 English edition, Porta states,

A certain Frenchman in his Book called ‘Daemonomania,’ Tearms me a Magician, a Conjurer, and thinks this Book of mine, long since Printed, worthy to be burnt, because I have written the Fairies Oyntment, which I set forth oreily in detestation of the frauds of Divels and Witches; That which comes by Nature is abused by their superstition, which I borrowed from the Books of the most commendable Divines…I pas over other men of the same temper, who affirm that I a Witch and a Conjurer, whereas I never write here nor elsewhere, what is not contained within the bounds of Nature.”

Porta describes that he is no magician, however, he does claim to know the secrets of special spells and potions. For instance,

“to make a man believe he has changed into a bird or beast is done by infusing mandrake, stramonium or Solanum manieum, belladonna, and henbane, into a cup of wine.”

According to Summers,

“Porta says that he has known those who on drinking this menstruum imagined themselves to be fish, endeavouring to swim; or geese, hissing and trying to peck grass, and similar idle fancies.”

 

Item number: #581

Price: $7500

 

PORTA, Giambattista della

 

Io. Bapt. Portae Neapolitani Magiae naturalis libri XX. Ab ipso authore expurgati, et superaucti, in quibus scientiarum naturalium divitiae, et delitiae demonstrantur.

 

Neapoli, Apud Horatium Saluianum. D. D. LXXXVIIII. [1589]

 

Details:

  • Collation complete with all pages: [8]; 303 – folio
  • References: curiously not in Adams; EDIT 16; Montague Summers, The Werewolf in Lore and Legend;
  • Binding: Fine leather; tight and secure
  • Language: Latin
  • Size: ~11.75in X 8.5in (30cm x 22cm)
  • Exceedingly rare with no other example for sale worldwide and no example in auction records for many decades.

 

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Categories

Esoteric & Occult

Medicine & Science

Authors

PORTA, Giambattista della

Printing Date

16th Century

Language

Latin

Binding

Leather

Book Condition

Good

Collation

Complete