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DE TELLURIBUS IN MUNDO NOSTRO SOLARI, QUAE VOCANTUR PLANETAE: ET DE TELLURIBUS IN COELO ASTRIFERO: DEQUE ILLARUM INCOLIS; TUM DE SPIRITIBUS & ANGELIS IBI; EX AUDITIS & VISIS by  Emanuel] [Swedenborg - First Edition - 1758 - from W. C. Baker Rare Books & Ephemera and Biblio.com

DE TELLURIBUS IN MUNDO NOSTRO SOLARI, QUAE VOCANTUR PLANETAE: ET DE TELLURIBUS IN COELO ASTRIFERO: DEQUE ILLARUM INCOLIS; TUM DE SPIRITIBUS & ANGELIS IBI; EX AUDITIS & VISIS

by [Swedenborg, Emanuel]

Condition: Very good


London: [John Lewis], 1758. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. Quarto. 72 pp. Errata leaf not present, as usual. In Latin. Late 19th-century red morocco, raised bands, gilt spine title, inner gilt dentelles, marbled endpapers, a.e.g. Mid 19th-century ownership inscription in title page and underlining and extensive marginal notes in English and Latin from the same owner at various points throughout. Some loss to manuscript marginalia from trimming. Minor wear and soiling to binding and occasional soiling and foxing in contents. Very good.

First edition, in Latin, of one of Swedenborg's early mystical writings, published anonymously by John Lewis in London in an edition of 1000 copies. This work, later published in English as "Concerning the Earths in our Solar System, which are called Planets; and concerning the Earths in the Starry Heaven; together with an account of their inhabitants, and also of the spirits and angels there..." is an account of Swedenborg's spiritual communications with the inhabitants of other worlds and a description of their various distinctive qualities and religious orientations. The spirits of Mercury travel across the universe in globe-like phalanxes "to acquire the knowledges of things." Describing to Swedenborg the vast numbers of beings and worlds beyond our own, they relate to him that "they knew there were earths existing in the universe to the number of some hundred thousands and upwards" and ask, "yet what is this to the Divine, which is infinite?" The inhabitants of Mars are "the best of all among the spirits who are from the earths of our solar system, for they are as to the most part celestial men, not unlike those who were of the Most Ancient Church on this earth." At the edge of our solar system, Swedenborg discovers "fiery smoke ascending out of a great chasm," where guards prevent the travel of spirits to whom leave has not been granted, and visits five worlds beyond it. An additional chapter explores the question of why our earth would be chosen for the Incarnation, determining that the capacity to create scripture began here: "That the Word might be written on our earth, is because the art of writing has existed here from the most ancient time, first on the bark of trees, next on parchment, afterwards on paper, and lastly published by types. This was provided by the Lord for the sake of the Word." Throughout, Swedenborg's considerable astronomical knowledge and distinctive theology emerge in his narration and in dialogues between himself and the other beings. ESTC T90963. Hyde 956. Caillet 10482 (French translation).


  • Bookseller: W. C. Baker Rare Books & Ephemera US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 405
  • Title: DE TELLURIBUS IN MUNDO NOSTRO SOLARI, QUAE VOCANTUR PLANETAE: ET DE TELLURIBUS IN COELO ASTRIFERO: DEQUE ILLARUM INCOLIS; TUM DE SPIRITIBUS & ANGELIS IBI; EX AUDITIS & VISIS
  • Author: [Swedenborg, Emanuel]
  • Format/binding:Hardcover
  • Book condition: Used - Very good
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Edition: First Edition
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: [John Lewis]
  • Place: London
  • Date published: 1758
  • Keywords: religion, mysticism, science, astronomy, occult, Latin language
  • Bookseller catalogs: Religion; Occult; Science;


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