"Natural Magic"

    Benito Pereria [Pereyra, Pererius]. Adversus Fallaces Et Superstitiosas Artes, Id Est De Magia, De Observatione Somniorum, De Divinatione Astrologica. Libri Tres. Ingolstadt: David Sartor, 1591. First edition. Octavo. A-R8 [-R8 blank]. [6], 256,[5],[1] pages. Contemporary vellum, dyed red with blind cross-hatched design, lacks ties, title page laid-down with a few small holes affecting one letter; dampstains in inner margin at front. Jesuit device on the title page. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Perera (circa 1535-1610) "... produced two works in the fields of magic and science which had great currency...It (this work) was being read as late as 1661 and 1674 when there were editions of a English translation... [He] admits the existence of natural magic, which is the noblest part of physical science, medicine and mathematics. Men skilled in knowledge of nature can work great wonders by it. But wicked or ignorant men learn even natural magic from demons... One of his longest chapters is on alchemy... In his second book on dreams Pererius holds that many are vain and idle, but many also are true. .. Yet his third book seems uncompromisingly hostile to astrology than the second was to the interpretation of dreams." VD16 P1362. de Backer/Sommervogel VI,504,4. Coumont P22.1.Caillet 9518 (later eds.] Palau 218835. Thorndike VI, 410 ff. Not in Bruning. Bib. Astrologica 939. Neville II,291. Cantamessa 3405.

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