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COMTE DE GABALIS, OU ENTRETIENS SUR LES SCIENCES SECRÈTES. RENOUVELLÉ & AUGMENTÉ D'UNE LETTRE SUR CE SUJET [bound with:] LA SUITE DU COMTE DE GABALIS, OU NOUVEAUX ENTRETIENS SUR LES SCIENCES SECRETES, TOUCHANT LA NOUVELLE PHILOSOPHIE. OUVRAGE POSTHUME
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COMTE DE GABALIS, OU ENTRETIENS SUR LES SCIENCES SECRÈTES. RENOUVELLÉ & AUGMENTÉ D'UNE LETTRE SUR CE SUJET [bound with:] LA SUITE DU COMTE DE GABALIS, OU NOUVEAUX ENTRETIENS SUR LES SCIENCES SECRETES, TOUCHANT LA NOUVELLE PHILOSOPHIE. OUVRAGE POSTHUME

By [Villars, Abbé de (Nicolas-Pierre-Henri de Montfaucon)]

Cologne: Pierre Marteau, 1691. Hardcover. Very good. [ca. 1691 and ca. 1703.] 16mo. Two volumes in one. 155;[2],150pp. In French. Later three-quarter calf and marbled boards, gilt spine rules, gilt leather label. First title page printed in red and black with armillary sphere device. Early inscriptions in flyleaf. Closely trimmed at fore-edge, touching some characters of text (with no loss). Joints expertly repaired, binding rubbed and moderately worn. Overall very good. Early edition of the best known work of Henri de Montfaucon, Abbé de Villars (1635-1673), for which he is said to have been murdered by the Rosicrucians. This edition adds the “Réponse à la lettre de Monseigneur” to the 1670 original text and is bound with a “posthumous” sequel published ca. 1703 by Pierre Mortier in Amsterdam. The primary work, a satirical dialogue between a Cabalist and a skeptic, is largely concerned with the Paracelsan idea of the marriage of elemental spirits to human beings. It ostensibly unveiled Rosicrucian secrets, which may have been what led to Villars’s assasination on the road to Lyon in 1673. Despite its satirical nature, the work has been treated as a source book for esoteric knowledge over the generations to the present day. F. Leigh Gardner describes it in that spirit in his BIBLIOTHECA ROSICRUCIANA: “The chief figure in it is said to be taken from G. F. Borri, who is the imaginary Count de Gabalis; although written in a satirical vein yet it contains profound truths; possibly the author found it necessary in those days to disseminate knowledge in this fashion. It is also stated that Pope in his work, ‘The Rape of the Lock,’ obtained his ideas of the Elementaires and the general outline from this work.” The second title, whose true author is unknown, further pursues the theme of the marriage between elementals and human beings with a character named Jean le Brun. Gardner describes it as a “Burlesque on the original work, and presumably only written to enable it to be sold on the reputation enjoyed by the re-issue of the original one.” A brief, but extremely important work in the history of occult literature, bound with a very rare edition of the “Suite,” for which OCLC records four copies. Main title: Caillet 7707 (noting editions printed with sphere and no date). Main title (other editions): Caillet 7701, Duveen,pp. 411-412, Gardner 556, Graesse, p. 59. Second title: Caillet 7709 (another edition), Gardner 562n.

$800.00

LA MAGIE BLANCHE DÉVOILÉE, OU EXPLICATION DES TOURS SURPRENANS QUI FONT DEPUIS PEU L'ADMIRATION DE LA CAPITALE & DE LA PROVINCE. AVEC TOUS DES RÉFLEXIONS SUR LA BAGUETTE DIVINATOIRE, LES AUTOMATES JOUEURS D'ÉCHECS, &c. &c. . . . OUVRAGE ORNÉ DE 101 FIGURES. . . TOME PREMIER [bound with:] SUPPLÉMENT. . . CONTENANT L'EXPLICATION DE PLUSIEURS TOURS NOUVEAUX, JOUÉS DEPUIS PEU À LONDRES. AVEC DES ÉCLAIRCISSEMENS SUR LES ARTIFICES DES JOUEURS DE PROFESSION, LES CADRANS SYMPATHETIQUES, LE MOUVEMENT PERPÉTUEL, LES CHEVAUX SAVANS, LES POUPÉES PARLANTES, LES AUTOMATES DANSANS, LES VENTRILOQUES, LES SABOTS ÉLASTIQUES, &c. &c. . . . TOME SECOND [bound with:] TESTAMENT DE JEROME SHARP, PROFESSEUR DE PHYSIQUE AMUSANTE; OÙ L'ON TROUVE, PARMI PLUSIEURS TOURS DE SUBTILITÉ, QU'ON PEUT EXÉCUTER SANS AUCUNE DÉPENSE, DES PRÉCEPTES & DES EXEMPLES SUR L'ART DE FAIRE D
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LA MAGIE BLANCHE DÉVOILÉE, OU EXPLICATION DES TOURS SURPRENANS QUI FONT DEPUIS PEU L'ADMIRATION DE LA CAPITALE & DE LA PROVINCE. AVEC TOUS DES RÉFLEXIONS SUR LA BAGUETTE DIVINATOIRE, LES AUTOMATES JOUEURS D'ÉCHECS, &c. &c. . . . OUVRAGE ORNÉ DE 101 FIGURES. . . TOME PREMIER [bound with:] SUPPLÉMENT. . . CONTENANT L'EXPLICATION DE PLUSIEURS TOURS NOUVEAUX, JOUÉS DEPUIS PEU À LONDRES. AVEC DES ÉCLAIRCISSEMENS SUR LES ARTIFICES DES JOUEURS DE PROFESSION, LES CADRANS SYMPATHETIQUES, LE MOUVEMENT PERPÉTUEL, LES CHEVAUX SAVANS, LES POUPÉES PARLANTES, LES AUTOMATES DANSANS, LES VENTRILOQUES, LES SABOTS ÉLASTIQUES, &c. &c. . . . TOME SECOND [bound with:] TESTAMENT DE JEROME SHARP, PROFESSEUR DE PHYSIQUE AMUSANTE; OÙ L'ON TROUVE, PARMI PLUSIEURS TOURS DE SUBTILITÉ, QU'ON PEUT EXÉCUTER SANS AUCUNE DÉPENSE, DES PRÉCEPTES & DES EXEMPLES SUR L'ART DE FAIRE D

By Decremps, [Henri]

Paris and Liège: J. F. Desoer, 1792. Hardcover. Very good. 1792 (first two volumes), 1793 (third volume). Three volumes in one. viii,118;[iii]-viii,270,[4];262pp., all volumes containing in-text illustrations, plus engraved frontispieces in first two volumes and frontispiece containing musical notation in third volume. Half title. Volume II folding tables not present, as usual. In French. Contemporary French half calf and marbled boards, spine ruled and stamped in gilt, gilt leather labels, edges red. Small contemporary inscriptions in half title and p. 118 of first volume. Binding mildy worn, leather slightly cracked near tail of spine, contents clean. Very good to near fine. Early collected edition of the first published exposés of stage magic, after the first editions of 1784-1786. Henri Decremps (1746-1825) was a French lawyer, diplomat, and student of physics, mathematics, and music, best known for his authorship of the present works. Decremps published MAGIE BLANCHE DÉVOILÉE ("White Magic Unveiled") in 1784 at the height of Joseph Pinetti's fame as a conjurer in Paris, exposing his physical and mathematical "experiments" as tricks. Pinetti, who billed himself as the "Roman Professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy," was a pioneering and vastly successful performer who brilliantly recast older illusions on an elegantly appointed stage as scientific demonstrations. He suffered a significant intial setback from Decremps's publication but adapted, writing his own AMUSEMENS PHYSIQUES the same year, correcting several of Decremps's mistakes and shedding his own "philosophical" narrative. As Pinetti's career recovered, Decremps continued his exposé with periodic attacks, most significantly in the SUPPLÉMENT and TESTAMENT included here. Among the feats Decremps explains in MAGIE BLANCHE and the SUPPLEMENT are the automaton chess player, divining rod, self-performing organ, learned horse, gambling tricks, and ventriloquism. The third volume, written under the pseudonym "Jerome Sharp," features "tricks of subtlety which can be performed without expense," such as the "art of composing impromtu songs." Caillet 2861-2862 (other editions). Hall, OLD CONJURING BOOKS. . . (London, 1972), pp. 156-157, 174.

$1100.00

DE MIRACULIS MORTUORUM, OPUS NOVUM ET ADMIRANDUM IN 10 PARTES DISTRIBUTUM ; IN QUO MIRABILIA DEI MIRACULA & EXEMPLA MORTUORUM EX VETERI & NOVO TESTAMENTO EX ECCLESIASTICIS & PROPHANIS HISTORICIS SUMMA OPERA & STUDIO COLLECTA HABENTUR QUAESTIONES NATURALES PHYSICAE MEDICAE THEOLOGICAE & IURIDICAE TRADUNTUR & ARTIFICIOSE PERTRACTANTUR
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DE MIRACULIS MORTUORUM, OPUS NOVUM ET ADMIRANDUM IN 10 PARTES DISTRIBUTUM ; IN QUO MIRABILIA DEI MIRACULA & EXEMPLA MORTUORUM EX VETERI & NOVO TESTAMENTO EX ECCLESIASTICIS & PROPHANIS HISTORICIS SUMMA OPERA & STUDIO COLLECTA HABENTUR QUAESTIONES NATURALES PHYSICAE MEDICAE THEOLOGICAE & IURIDICAE TRADUNTUR & ARTIFICIOSE PERTRACTANTUR

By Kornmanni, Henrici [Heinrich Kornmann]

[Frankfurt]: Printed by Johann Wolf for Johann Jacob Porsius, 1610. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. Small octavo. A-Y8 (Y8 blank); [352] pp. Contemporary limp vellum, manuscript spine title. 18th or 19th-century printed and manuscript library bookplate, later monogram book label. 17th-century inscriptions, including ex dono inscription of George Keith, in title page. Modern bibliographical inscriptions in front free endpaper. Vellum worn and moderately soiled but sound. Early repair to front free endpapers, title leaf, and first leaf of text, with some resulting glue stains, occasional minor worming. After the first few leaves, contents clean. Overall very good. "Miracles of the Dead" is one of the four works by German lawyer Heinrich Kornmann (ca. 1580-1620) published between 1610 and 1614 on magic and marvels. “Magical bits from the Miracles of the Dead are that the owl is a fatal omen and the peacock a presage of disease, that suffumigation with the tooth of a dead man expels witchcraft and impotency, that the herb betony protects cemeteries, and that if a mother kisses her dead child, the other children will soon die too. Astrology enters… in the question why thousands of persons with different horoscopes die on the same day in the same battle, and divination in the question what dreams about the dead signifiy, the discussion of presages of death, and the prophecies of those about to die. The problem is… argued whether the witch of Endor really resuscitated Samuel. Joan of Arc’s heart was unburned at the stake. Cases are listed of the teeth of corpses growing and a dead woman impregnated. A corpse is heavier than the living body because it is without the levitation of the vital spirits and heat. The size and weight of resurrected bodies is discussed, how men who have been eaten and the cannibals who ate them can both be resurrected in the body, whether abortions will rise again, and whether monsters will be resurrected. The corpse bleeding before the murderer is treated, and if inextinguishable and ever-burning sepulchral lamps are not, they are about the only thing connected with funerals and burials which is omitted” -- Thorndike. Caillet 5827 ("Curieux et recherché"). Thorndike VII, pp. 278-80.

$850.00

COLLEGIUM CURIOSUM PRIVATISSIMUM PHYSIOGNOM- CHIROMANT- METOPSCOP- ANTHROPOLOGICUM, JOH. PRAETORII, P. L. CAES. ODER EIN SEHR NÜTZLICHES WERCK, DARINNEN CURIEUS UND DOCH VOLLKÖMMLICH ABGEHANDELT WIRD, WAS ZUR PHYSIOGNOMIE, CHIROMANTIE, METOPOSCOPIE UND ANTHROPOLOGIE GEHÖRET
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COLLEGIUM CURIOSUM PRIVATISSIMUM PHYSIOGNOM- CHIROMANT- METOPSCOP- ANTHROPOLOGICUM, JOH. PRAETORII, P. L. CAES. ODER EIN SEHR NÜTZLICHES WERCK, DARINNEN CURIEUS UND DOCH VOLLKÖMMLICH ABGEHANDELT WIRD, WAS ZUR PHYSIOGNOMIE, CHIROMANTIE, METOPOSCOPIE UND ANTHROPOLOGIE GEHÖRET

By Praetorius, Johannes

Frankfurt and Leipzig: Philipp Wilhelm Stock, 1704. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. [14],128 pp., including several in-text illustrations, plus ten plates (nine folding). In Latin. Modern marbled paper over boards. Moderate toning throughout, mild foxing in some plates, minor loss along upper fold of third plate with archival tape repair and residue of earlier tape repair, apparent loss of small outer panel of terminal plate. Very good. First edition of the posthumous German treatment of the Latin works of Johannes Praetorius on palmistry, metoposcopy, and other forms of physiognomic divination. Johannes Praetorius (i.e., Hans Schultze, 1630-1680) was a German poet, historian, and prolific compiler of curious legends and folklore. Faber du Faur, for whom Praetorius held a particular collecting interest, lists him in the "Oddities" section of GERMAN BAROQUE LITERATURE and refers to his "open eye and a sharp ear for all wonder stories, witch tales, and accounts of ghosts and sorcery current among the people. He indefatigably collected all information on remarkable subjects and happenings, and was fond of popular gossip, even of the uncouth type" (pp. 199-200). Faber du Faur 776 (1713 edition). OCLC lists seven copies, all in Europe.

$750.00

ERDO, THE FAMOUS OLD GYPSY QUEEN; WHO, IN ANCIENT TIMES, BY HER TRUE PREDICTIONS AND READING OF FATE, WAS KNOW THROUGHOUT THE UNIVERSE, HAS MATERIALIZED IN THE SPIRIT OF A MOST BEAUTIFUL YOUNG LADY DESCENDANT, GERTRUDE ERDO. . . [caption title]
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ERDO, THE FAMOUS OLD GYPSY QUEEN; WHO, IN ANCIENT TIMES, BY HER TRUE PREDICTIONS AND READING OF FATE, WAS KNOW THROUGHOUT THE UNIVERSE, HAS MATERIALIZED IN THE SPIRIT OF A MOST BEAUTIFUL YOUNG LADY DESCENDANT, GERTRUDE ERDO. . . [caption title]

By [Erdo, Gertrude]

[n.p.], 1890. Broadside. Good. [ca. 1890s]. Broadside, approximately 9 x 6 inches. Margins heavily chipped, but affecting only two characters in first line of text; paper toned and brittle; soft early folds; else good. An unrecorded broadside advertising the Gypsy fortune teller, "Gertrude Erdo," spiritual descendant of the original Erdo, the "famous old Gypsy Queen" and clairvoyante. The broadside describes Madame Erdo's various supernatural powers, partly in verse, and states that she will be available "in your city for a short time only" at 37 West Long Street (likely Columbus, Ohio).

$35.00