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    Perhaps the Most Important Book on the Cabala of the Renaissance

    [Johnnes Pistorius ,editor]. [Johannes Reuchlin, Paolo Riccio, Leo Hebraeus, Archangelus de Burgo Novo, Gikatila, 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. Folio. 4, alpha 6, beta 6, gamma 6, sigma 4, a-z, A-2F6, 2G-2H4, 2I-2P6, 2Q4, 2R-2Z, AA-OO6. [50], 979, [1] pages. Printer's emblematic device on title-page and verso of last leaf, fine historiated and decorated initials. Early vellum over boards, with front ties present but lacking rear ties, gilt stamp of a crowned "F" on front cover in a circle, rear cover with gilt heraldic arms. Headbands coming loose, marginal tear repaired on title-page and following leaf and left unrepaired on the third leaf (no text affected). Minor marginal worming in latter part of volume, a few leaves browned, but overall a very good clean crisp copy. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    "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*.

    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. 195 x 298mm. ):(4, alpha 6, beta 6, gamma 6, sigma 4, a-z,A-2F6, 2G-2H4, 2I-2P6, 2Q4,2R-2Z,AA-OO6. [50],979,[1]p. Early vellum over boards, with front ties but lacking rear ties, gilt satmp of a crowned "F' on front cover in an circle, rear cover with gilt heraldic arms, headbands coming loose, marginal tear repaired on t.p. and following leaf and left unrepaired on the third (no text affected), minor margin worming in latter part of volume, a few leaves browned, but overall a very good clean crisp copy. 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 litertuare." [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 (Germ.) 698. Caillet 8702 "Collection complete". Kabbalistica 914. Esoterica 3672. Hermetica 254. Scholem Coll. E3667. Wellcome 5059. Benzing, Reuchlin,105. Prijs, Basle, 144*. Occult. Kabbalah. Mysticism. Theology. Judaica. Hebraica. Philosophy. Neo-Platonism. Hermeticism. Medicine. Agriculture.



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