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    First Edition of the Most Important and Popular Book on the Cabala from the Renaissance

    [Johnnes Pistorius, editor]. [Johannes Reuchlin, Paolo Riccio, Leo Hebraeus, Archangelus de Burgo Novo Gikatila and the Sepher Yetzirah, contributors]. Artis Cabalisticae: Hoc Est, Recondite Theologiae Et Philosophiae, Scriptorum: Tomus I. In quo Pauli Ricii Theologicos & Philosopicos libros sunt Latini pene omnes & Hebraei nonnulli praestantissimi Scriptores... Opus Omnibus Theologis Et Occultae Abstrusaeq'ue Philosophiae Studiosis pernecessarium... Basle: Sebastian Henicpetri, 1587. First edition of volume I (all published). Folio. Approximately 12.25 x 7.75 inches. ):(4, alpha 6, beta 6, gamma 6, sigma 4, a-z, A-Z, Aa-Ff6, Gg-Hh4, Ii-Pp6, Qq4, Rr-Zz, AA-OO6. [50], 979, [1] pages. Printer's emblematic device on title-page and verso of last leaf, fine historiated and decorated initials. Eighteenth century full calf with center devices in gilt with climbing vines and cornflowers. Rebacked to style in modern calf, banded spine, title on red morocco label, gilt, edges red. Endpapers renewed, small corner repair to title-page, old crease in title-page, some leaves lightly browned, occasional foxing, tear in last leaf repaired. A tall copy with wide margins, overall, a nice copy.
    "This very popular, varied, and lengthy tome of Latin translations, Writers of the Cabalistic Arts, was surely, if there was one, the Norton reader of cabala of the Renaissance. It was an anthology of what must have seemed to Pistorius, as the most important or most accessible (and appealing) cabalistic texts. More volumes were planned, but this is the only one definitely known to have appeared. Nonetheless, there is probably no more important or influential publication on Cabala in the Renaissance, especially from a Christian (however, Lutheran-Protestant) point of view, than this book, which Blau even claims flatly was one of the most popular and widely read religious documents of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries as well as a major conduit for the diffusion of Christian Cabala in English literature." (Philip Beitchman, Alchemy of the Word: Cabala of the Renaissance,1998).
    This volume contains: Johannes Reuchlin's De Verbo Mirifico and De Arte Cabalistica; Paulus Riccio's De Coelesti Agricultura and various tracts; Leo the Hebrew's De Amore; Archangelus de Burgo Novo's Apologia; Gikatila's Sha'are orah; and the Sepher Yetzirah.
    VD 16 P3034. Adams P1315. BM STC (German) 698. Caillet 8702, "Collection complete". Kabbalistica 914. Esoterica 3672. Hermetica 254. Scholem Collection E3667. Wellcome 5059. Benzing, Reuchlin, 105. Prijs, Basle, 144*. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Pistorius, Johnnes, ed. [Includes: Johannes Reuchlin, Paolo Riccio, Leo Hebraeus, Archangelus de Burgo Novo; Gikatila; & the Sepher Yetzirah.] Artis Cabalisticae: Hoc Est, Recondite Theologiae Et Philosophiae, Scriptorum: Tomus I. In quo Pauli Ricii Theologicos & Philosopicos libros sunt Latini pene omnes & Hebraei nonnulli praestantissimi Scriptores... Opus Omnibus Theologis Et Occultae Abstrusaeq'ue Philosophiae Studiosis pernecessarium... Basle: Sebastian Henicpetri, 1587. Folio. 315 x 199 mm. ):(4, alpha 6, beta 6, gamma 6, sigma 4, a-z, A-Z, Aa-Ff6, Gg-Hh4, Ii-Pp6, Qq4, Rr-Zz, AA-OO6. [50], 979, [1]pp. 18th c. calf with center devices in gilt with climbing vines and cornflowers, rebacked, banded spint, title on red morocco label gilt, endpapers renewed, edges red, small corner repair to t.p., old crease in t.p., some leaves lightly browned, occ. foxing, tear in last leaf repared; tall copy with wide margins. Printer's emblematic device on t.p. and verso of last leaf, fine historiated and decorated initials. First Edition.

    "This very popular, varied, and lengthy tome of Latin translations, Writers of the Cabalistic Arts, was surely, if there was one, the Norton reader of cabala of the Renaissance. It was an anthology of what must have seemed to Pistorius as the most important or most accessible (and appealing) cabalistic texts. More volumes were planned, but this is the only one definitely known to have appeared. Nonetheless, there is probably no more important or influential publication on Cabala in the Renaissance, especially from a Christian (however, Lutheran-Protestant) point of view, than this book, which Blau even claims flatly was one of the most popular and widely read religious documents of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries as well as a major conduit for the diffusion of Christian Cabala in English literature." [Philip Beitchman, Alchemy of the Word: Cabala of the Renaissance,1998.]

    This volume contains: Johannes Reuchlin's De Verbo Mirifico and De Arte Cabalistica; Paulus Riccio's De Coelesti Agricultura and various tracts; Leo the Hebrew's De Amore; Archangelus de Burgo Novo's Apologia; Gikatila's Sha'are orah; & the Sepher Yetzirah.

    VD 16 P3034. Adams P1315. BM STC (German) 698. Caillet 8702, "Collection complete". Kabbalistica 914. Esoterica 3672. Hermetica 254. Scholem Coll. E3667. Wellcome 5059. Benzing, Reuchlin, 105.Prijs, Basle, 144*.



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