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Levinus Lemnius (1505 – 1568) was a Dutch physician and author. His best known work, this book of secrets was an assortment of natural lore, occult thought and medical knowledge, sourced from a variety of classical texts, heavily influenced by Aristotle and the Hippocratic corpus, with further references to Plato and Cicero alongside those from Arab texts.

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1604 Levinus Leminus Occult Science & Medicine SECRETS Wine Demon Possession

RARE De miraculis occultis naturae, libri III

 

Levinus Lemnius (1505 – 1568) was a Dutch physician and author. His best known work, this book of secrets was an assortment of natural lore, occult thought and medical knowledge, sourced from a variety of classical texts, heavily influenced by Aristotle and the Hippocratic corpus, with further references to Plato and Cicero alongside those from Arab texts.

 

Main author: Levinus Lemnius

 

Title: De miraculis occultis naturae, libri III; item, De vita cum animi et corporis incolumitate recte instituenda liber unus;

 

Published: Francofurti, typis Nicolai Hofmanni, impensis Jonae Rhodii, 1604.

 

Language: Latin

 

Notes & contents:

  • Famous treatise on secrets and miracles of nature and medicine within the occult.
  • Topics include:
    • Demon possession
    • Healing with wine
    • Secrets in medicine
    • Miracles and healing through prayer
    • Need for repentance
    • Occult practices
  • Lemnes was widely referenced in tomes on medicine and the occult, and in Burton’s Anatomy of Melancholy he is cited with reference to the devil, and his possession of the sick: “The divel workes by mediation of humours, and mixt diseases must have mixt remedies.”
  • Encouragement of drinking white or red wine to avoid displeasure!

 

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Publisher: Francofurti, typis Nicolai Hofmanni, impensis Jonae Rhodii, 1604.

Size: ~4.5in X 3in (11cm x 7.5cm)

 

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Levinus Lemnius [1] (20 May 1505 in Zierikzee – 1 July 1568 in Zierikzee) was a Dutch physician and author.[2]

Contents  [hide]

1              Life

2              Works

3              Notes

4              Further reading

5              External links

Life[edit]

Lemnius studied medicine at the University of Leuven under Rembert Dodoens and Konrad Gesner;[3] and under Vesalius at Padua.[4] He travelled also to Switzerland and England.[5] After his wife’s death he became a priest.[3]

Works[edit]

Occulta naturae miracula (1559, Antwerp) online text, 1583 edition.[6] (Digital edition from 1593 by the University and State Library Düsseldorf) This was translated as De gli occvlti miracoli, Les Occultes Merveilles et Secretz de Nature (online text, The secret miracles of nature, and Wunderbarliche Geheimnisse der Natur online text).

De habitu et constitutione corporis (1561, Antwerp).[7] As The Touchstone of Complexions (1576) (translation into English by Thomas Newton)[8]

Herbarum atque arborum quae in Bibliis passim obviae sunt et ex quibus sacri vates similitudines desumunt. In English as An Herbal for the Bible (1579, Newton translation).[8]

 

Title page of the 1573 edition of De occultis naturae miraculis (Cologne).

De miraculis occultis naturae : libri IIII (1611, Francofurti) Digital edition by the University and State Library Düsseldorf

His Occulta naturae miracula, a book of secrets, is his best-known work. It ran through many editions and was widely translated from Latin. It drew on classical sources, particularly Aristotle. Lemnius was influenced, too, by the “airs, waters, places” doctrine from the Hippocratic Corpus.[9] The work attempted to reconcile natural philosophy as found in classical sources with Christian doctrine, particularly on generation and reproduction, while emphasising extraordinary aspects.[10] His humoral theory was complex, with phlegm being divided into four, and the other humours also being subdivided.[11]

 

He is credited with first mentioning in this work of staining of bone, with madder root.[12] In the same work he gives credence to the theory of maternal impression;[13] his theory of teratology connects the Aristotelian theory of generation with birth defects.[14] He contributed to demonology, with Johann Weyer, by suggesting that mental illness and disturbance could be physically caused, rather than being a result of outside influence.[15] He also credited Solomon with the invention of the magnetic compass.[16]

This work in some form had a lifetime of nearly four centuries. It was later combined with a German manual on midwifery by Jakob Rüff, to create Aristotle’s Masterpiece, a 17th-century work in English of advice on sex and reproduction, still sold in later editions in the 1930s.

Categories

Esoteric & Occult

Medicine & Science

Authors

Levinus Lemnius

Printing Date

17th Century

Language

Latin

Binding

Vellum

Book Condition

Good

Collation

Complete