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DE SPECTRIS LEMURIBUS ET MAGNIS ATQUE INSOLLITIS FRAGORIBUS, VARIÍSQUE PRAESAGITIONIBUS, QUAE PLERUNQUE OBITUM HOMINUM, MAGNAS CLADES, MUTATIONÉSQUE IMPERIORUM, PRAECEDUNT, LIBER UNUS. LUDOVICO LAVATERO TIGURINO AUTORE
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DE SPECTRIS LEMURIBUS ET MAGNIS ATQUE INSOLLITIS FRAGORIBUS, VARIÍSQUE PRAESAGITIONIBUS, QUAE PLERUNQUE OBITUM HOMINUM, MAGNAS CLADES, MUTATIONÉSQUE IMPERIORUM, PRAECEDUNT, LIBER UNUS. LUDOVICO LAVATERO TIGURINO AUTORE

By Lavater, Ludwig

Geneva: Eustache Vignon, 1580. Hardcover. Very good. [16],213 pp. In Latin. 19th-century plain paper-backed marbled boards. 19th-century German booksellers label in front pastedown. Small early inscription, crossed out in early ink, in title page, not affecting text, occasional early underlining and marginal notes. Two-inch vertical crease at head of title leaf, with half-inch closed tear at edge (tear not affecting text), faint dampstaining in first 24 leaves. Very good. Early Latin edition, after the first edition, in German, of 1569 and the first Latin edition of 1570. Known in English as “Of Ghostes and Spirites Walking by Nyght, and of Strange Noyses, Crackes, and Sundry Forewarnings, Whiche Commonly Happen Before the Death of Menne, Great Slaughters, & Alterations of Kyngdomes,” from the 1572 English translation, this book is one of the most important demonological works of the Reformation era and was profoundly influential in Elizabethan literature. The author, Ludwig Lavater (1527-1886), was a Swiss Zwinglian minister and theologian based in Zurich. In the 16th and 17th-century Protestant world, new questions surfaced regarding the nature of ghostly apparitions—particularly their origins. In the Catholic understanding, ghosts were generally thought to be spirits of the dead on leave from Purgatory. With their rejection of the doctrine of Purgatory, Protestant philosophers and theologians were compelled to search for new answers. One (fairly unpopular) position was taken by Reginald Scot in his DISCOURSE UPON DEVILS AND SPIRITS, appended to his 1584 work, DISCOVERIE OF WITCHCRAFT, in which he argued that because the age of miracles had ceased long ago apparitions must be no more than the products of human imagination or trickery. The dominant view in Protestant theology (if still not quite the popular mind), however, came to be what Lavater expressed here in DE SPECTRIS. Lavater argued that, while many apparitions may be indeed be products of false perception, ample evidence of real supernatural visitations had existed from biblical and classical antiquity to the present day. He concluded, however, that these phenomena are not the spirits of the dead but in fact agents of Hell (and perhaps occasionally Heaven) that will sometimes take human spiritual form. He relates examples of these phenomena throughout the work, together with a taxonomy of less-human specters such as Lamiae, Larvae, and Lemures and a variety of mythical creatures. In his introduction to the 1929 Oxford edition of GHOSTES AND SPIRITES (edited with May Yardley), J. Dover Wilson demonstrates the clear influence of Lavater’s views—and possibly of his book, directly—on Shakespeare in the shaping of the dialogues surrounding the ghost of Hamlet’s father. In TAMMUZ PAN AND CHIRST : NOTES ON A TYPICAL CASE OF MYTH-TRANSFERENCE AND DEVELOPMENT (Chicago, 1912), Wilfred H. Schoff discusses the influence of Lavater’s “strange compilation of wonder stories” on the Elizabethans and traces the path of the “Dead Pan” story in English literature from DE SPECTRIS through Spencer, Milton, and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Caillet 6237 ("curieux et rare"). Dorbon-Ainé 2509 (first edition). Graesse, pp. 81, 134. Rosenthal 1885. Thorndike VI, pp. 530-32.

$1400.00

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

LEBEN ANTICHRISTI ODER AUSFÜHRLICHE, GRÜNDLICHE UND HISTORISCHE BESCHREIBUNG VON DEN ZUKÜNFFTIGEN DINGEN DER WELT. ALLWO AUS GÖTTLICHER SCHRIFFT, HEILIGEN VÄTTERN UND ANDERN BEWEHRTEN SCRIBENTEN, DIE GANTZE HISTORI VOM LEBEN / WUNDERWERCKEN UND TOD ANTICHRISTI, UND SEINES VORLÄUFFERS ERKLÄRT UND ERZEHLET WIRD. ES IST AUCH ALLHIE DES H. PROPHETEN HENOCHS UND ELIÆ WANDEL, MARTER UND HIMMELFAHRT AUSFÜHRLICH BESCHRIEBEN, UND GRÜNDLICH ERWISEN. ANJETZO VON NEUEM ÜBERSEHEN, CORRIGIRT UND VERBESSERT; WIE AUCH DURCH EINEN SONDERBAREN ZUSATZ VOM JÜDISCHEN MEßIA ERGRÖSSERT UND VERMEHRET: SO DEM BEGIERIGEN LESER NUTZLICH / UND ZU BESSERER ERKANTNUS DISER HISTORI DIENLICH SENN WIRD
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LEBEN ANTICHRISTI ODER AUSFÜHRLICHE, GRÜNDLICHE UND HISTORISCHE BESCHREIBUNG VON DEN ZUKÜNFFTIGEN DINGEN DER WELT. ALLWO AUS GÖTTLICHER SCHRIFFT, HEILIGEN VÄTTERN UND ANDERN BEWEHRTEN SCRIBENTEN, DIE GANTZE HISTORI VOM LEBEN / WUNDERWERCKEN UND TOD ANTICHRISTI, UND SEINES VORLÄUFFERS ERKLÄRT UND ERZEHLET WIRD. ES IST AUCH ALLHIE DES H. PROPHETEN HENOCHS UND ELIÆ WANDEL, MARTER UND HIMMELFAHRT AUSFÜHRLICH BESCHRIEBEN, UND GRÜNDLICH ERWISEN. ANJETZO VON NEUEM ÜBERSEHEN, CORRIGIRT UND VERBESSERT; WIE AUCH DURCH EINEN SONDERBAREN ZUSATZ VOM JÜDISCHEN MEßIA ERGRÖSSERT UND VERMEHRET: SO DEM BEGIERIGEN LESER NUTZLICH / UND ZU BESSERER ERKANTNUS DISER HISTORI DIENLICH SENN WIRD

By Lützenburg, Dionysius von [Dionysius of Luxemburg]

Kaufbeuren: Christian Starck, 1742. Hardcover. Very good. [8],498,[5] pp. including index. In German. Contemporary mottled calf, raised bands, spine richly gilt, gilt leather labels, marbled endpapers, all edges red. Early 20th-century satanic bookplate of "Winkler Jenö." Calf worn at edges and rubbed, loss to lower corner of first rear endpaper. Very good. Later edition, after the first of 1682. One of the last published examples of medieval-style prophecy, the work foretells the life, magical works, reign, and defeat of the Antichrist, with various revelations relating to signs of his coming and the end of the world, the murder and resurrection of Enoch and Elijah, and the Second Coming of Christ, as well as a section on the "Messiah of the Jews." The author, Dionysius von Lützenburg (i.e., Luxemburg, ca. 1652-1703), was a Capuchin friar known especially for this, his first work, and his hagiographical LEGEND DER HEILIGEN (1684). The present copy contains the very unusual bookplate of Jenö Winkler ("Winkler Jenö," in the Hungarian style), who is also evidently its artist, with his monogram in the print. The plate, printed in black and red, shows a suited devil plunging a skull-tipped sword through a large bleeding book. OCLC lists four copies, three in Germany, one at Brigham Young University. Rare.

$750.00

OMNIVORE : A JOURNAL OF WRITING & VISUAL CULTURE FROM THE NEW YORK INSTITUTE FOR THE HUMANITIES AT NYU : PROTOTYPE ISSUE : AUTUMN 2003
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OMNIVORE : A JOURNAL OF WRITING & VISUAL CULTURE FROM THE NEW YORK INSTITUTE FOR THE HUMANITIES AT NYU : PROTOTYPE ISSUE : AUTUMN 2003

By Weschler, Lawrence (Editor in Chief); [Rachel Cohen, Ian Frazier, David Hockney, Ricky Jay, Jamaica Kinkaid, Curzio Malaparte, Errol Morris, Oliver Sacks, Rebecca Solnit, et al.]

[New York: New York Institute for the Humanities], 2003. First Edition. Softcover. Fine. 176 pp., profusely illustrated (mostly in color). Original color pictorial wrappers. Minor shelfwear, else fine. Prototype, printed for private distribution, of Lawrence Weschler and company's prospective journal of writing and visual culture, lamentably never published beyond this issue. With contributions by Ricky Jay, Jamaica Kinkaid, Oliver Sacks, Anne Hollander, Errol Morris, and thirty more writers, artists, editors, and designers, all working for the protoype issue as a labor of love. Weschler begins his introduction to the volume with a note on its first working title: "'Pillow of Air' perfectly describes the reigning aesthetic of the enterprise... in that it invokes those moments of hushed astonishment or absorption when a pillow of air seems to lodge itself in your mouth and you suddenly notice that you haven't taken a breath in a good half minute. The sort of experience where you get lost to yourself and given over to the marvel of all creation (indeed, to everything but yourself)."

$65.00

SOME INQUIRIES CONCERNING HUMAN SACRIFICES AMONG THE ROMANS : PRECEDED BY A REPRINT OF THE CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN MR. MACAULAY, SIR ROBERT PEEL, AND LORD MAHON UPON THE SAME SUBJECT
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SOME INQUIRIES CONCERNING HUMAN SACRIFICES AMONG THE ROMANS : PRECEDED BY A REPRINT OF THE CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN MR. MACAULAY, SIR ROBERT PEEL, AND LORD MAHON UPON THE SAME SUBJECT

By [Thayer, Thatcher; Thomas Babington Macaulay; Robert Peel; Philip Henry Stanhope (Viscount Mahon)]

[Providence]: Printed, not published [for] Sidney S. Rider, 1878. First Thus. Softcover. Very good. 90 pp. Original printed wrappers. Institutional blindstamp and withdrawal inkstamp of American Antiquarian Society in title page. Wrappers moderately rubbed and worn, lightly chipped along yapped edges, rear wrapper unevenly sunned. Contents clean. Very good. A scarce copy of an unusual investigation, reprinting and commenting on the 1847-1848 correspondence between Macaulay, Peel, and Stanhope printed in London in 1860 under the title, WERE HUMAN SACRIFICES IN USE AMONG THE ROMANS? Stanhope had introduced the topic to Macaulay and Peel after reading a passage in Johann Karl Ludwig Gieseler's recently published COMPENDIUM OF ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY. Gieseler had cited Lactantius to argue that, as late as the third century C.E., an annual human sacrifice to Jupiter Latialis was made in Rome. Macaulay disagreed with Gieseler's translation (particularly of the particle, "siquidem") and dismissed the notion as being as "absurd" as Father John MacHale's recent assertion that the "English Government starved two millions of [the Irish] last year." Peel, while skeptical of Gieseler's assertion, took issue with Macaulay's specific arguments against him. The Rev. Thatcher Thayer (1811-1894), a Congregationalist minister Newport, Rhode Island, revisits the conversation in the present work with the thoughtful, detailed scholarship for which he was celebrated by his peers. He concludes that propitiatory human sacrifice among Romans indeed persisted into the early Christian era and notes its importance in understanding the origins of the Church and the brutality that saturated its world. His exasperation with Macaulay's pompous historicism is palpable: "we are more ready to believe the rhetorician Lacantius than the rhetorician Macaulay, and listen more complacently to the jingle of the latter's lays than to his judgment of the morals of ancient Rome" (p. 87).

$90.00

OMNIVORE : A JOURNAL OF WRITING & VISUAL CULTURE FROM THE NEW YORK INSTITUTE FOR THE HUMANITIES AT NYU : PROTOTYPE ISSUE : AUTUMN 2003
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OMNIVORE : A JOURNAL OF WRITING & VISUAL CULTURE FROM THE NEW YORK INSTITUTE FOR THE HUMANITIES AT NYU : PROTOTYPE ISSUE : AUTUMN 2003

By Weschler, Lawrence (Editor in Chief); [Rachel Cohen, Ian Frazier, David Hockney, Ricky Jay, Jamaica Kinkaid, Curzio Malaparte, Errol Morris, Oliver Sacks, Rebecca Solnit, et al.]

[New York: New York Institute for the Humanities], 2003. First Edition. Softcover. Fine. 176 pp., profusely illustrated (mostly in color). Original color pictorial wrappers. Signed by Lawrence Weschler in the title page. Minor shelfwear, else fine. Prototype, printed for private distribution, of Lawrence Weschler and company's prospective journal of writing and visual culture, lamentably never published beyond this issue. With contributions by Ricky Jay, Jamaica Kinkaid, Oliver Sacks, Anne Hollander, Errol Morris, and thirty more writers, artists, editors, and designers, all working for the protoype issue as a labor of love. Weschler begins his introduction with a note on the magazine's first working title: "'Pillow of Air' perfectly describes the reigning aesthetic of the enterprise... in that it invokes those moments of hushed astonishment or absorption when a pillow of air seems to lodge itself in your mouth and you suddenly notice that you haven't taken a breath in a good half minute. The sort of experience where you get lost to yourself and given over to the marvel of all creation (indeed, to everything but yourself)."

$125.00

SEVENTY NOTEWORTHY MEDICAL RARITIES [SEVERAL OF MEDICAL-HISTORICAL INTEREST] IN HONOR OF THE SEVENTIETH BIRTHDAY OF DR. HARVEY CUSHING TOGETHER WITH A TRIBUTE BY DR. LAWRENCE REYNOLDS [Catalogue Five : Autumn 1939]
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SEVENTY NOTEWORTHY MEDICAL RARITIES [SEVERAL OF MEDICAL-HISTORICAL INTEREST] IN HONOR OF THE SEVENTIETH BIRTHDAY OF DR. HARVEY CUSHING TOGETHER WITH A TRIBUTE BY DR. LAWRENCE REYNOLDS [Catalogue Five : Autumn 1939]

By Schuman's; Lawrence Reynolds (introduction); [Rachel McMasters Miller Hunt (binding)]

New York: Schuman's, 1939. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. 47,[1] pp. plus portrait frontispiece. Contemporary three-quarter red morocco and marbled boards, raised bands, spine gilt, original printed wrappers bound in. Ex-lib., with institutional bookplate, marked "withdrawn," in front free endpaper and inkstamp in lower margin of p. 3. Engraved bookplate of Rachel McMasters Miller Hunt. Morocco rubbed at extremities, upper margin of front wrapper lightly smudged, else near fine. An important bookseller's catalog in the history of the history of medicine, dedicated to the celebrated American neurosurgeon Harvey Williams Cushing in honor of his seventieth birthday. Cushing died shortly after this volume was issued, and Schuman's later published the short-title catalog of his collection of books, manuscripts, and ephemera given to Yale University. Henry and Ida Schuman were among the first American booksellers to specialize in the history of medicine. Originally based in Detroit, they moved their business to New York in 1939, releasing the present catalog as the first from their new location. Its offerings range from a 13th-century manuscript relating to Constantine the African to works of William Beaumont on his pioneering digestion experiments with the unfortunate Alexis St. Martin. A 1543 first edition of Vesalius's DE HUMANI CORPORIS FABRICA is listed for $550. This copy of the catalog was owned originally by Rachel McMasters Miller Hunt, philanthropist, bibliophile, and founder of the great Hunt Botanical Library at Carnegie Mellon University. Hunt, a master bookbinder, is almost certainly responsible for the fine morocco binding here.

$200.00

OVER HERMAPHRODITUS SPURIUS FEMINUS
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OVER HERMAPHRODITUS SPURIUS FEMINUS

By Halbertsma, H.J

Amsterdam: C.G. Van Der Post, 1855. First Edition. Softcover. Very good. 18 pp., including in-text anatomical illustrations, plus two plates. Quarto. Original printed wrappers. Minor wear at edges, light foxing, two pinholes in plates, not affecting images. Very good. First of two editions. A treatise on false hermaphroditism in females by the Dutch anatomist Hidde Justuszoon Halbertsma (1820-1865). Published by the Koninklijke Akademie van Wetenschappen. The two plates illustrate the sex organs of a "hermaphroditic" female calf.

$175.00