[Featured Lot]. Heinrich Kornman[n]. De Miraculis Mortuorum, Opus Novum et Admirandum in Decem Partes Distributum: In quo Mirabilia Dei Miracula & Exempla Mortuorum...Quaestiones Naturales, Physicae, Medicae, Theologicae & Iuridicae... [Frankfurt:] Johann Wolf for Johann Jacob Porsius, 1610. Krown & Spellman retail: $850. First Edition.
    8vo. A-Y8. Contemporary limp vellum, soiled, with ms. title on spine, old shelf label & owner's label, f.f.e.p. restored, t.p. repaired at outer margin (no text loss) old owner's name on t.p. (incl. Ex dono Geo.Keith; marginal worming (heavier F1-4), some marginal soiling. Head-piece, decorated initial. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

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    Kornmann (d.1620) German lawyer and author. After studying the law he traveled to France and Italy. He returned to Germany and settled in Frankfurt where he published works on miracles of the elements, miracles of the dead, miracles of the living, and on virginity "which resemble one another in several ways and especially in their emphasis upon natural marvels and their inclusion of superstition and magic....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...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..." Thorndike VII, 278-80. VD17 23:254715C. Krivatsy/NLM 6485. Osler 3134. Wellcome 3850. Caillet 5827 "Curieux et recherche." BL 17th German, K682.          

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