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    Gaspar [Caspar] Schott. Magiæ Universalis Naturæ et Artis. Sive Recondita Naturalium & Artificialium rerum Scientia,.... Herbipoli: 1657-1658.

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    Gaspar [Caspar] Schott. Magiæ Universalis Naturæ et Artis. Sive Recondita Naturalium & Artificialium rerum Scientia, cuius Ope per variam Applicaionem activorum cum passiuis, admirandorum effectuum Spectacula...Opus Quadripartitium. Continet Pars. I Optica. II. Acustica. III, Mathematica. IV, Physica.... Herbipoli: Heinrich Pigrin for the Widow and Heirs of Johann Gottfried Schönwetter, [and in Volumes Two and Three] Jobus Hertz for the Schönwetter Heirs, 1657-1658.

    Three volumes in three quartos. Lacking fourth volume, Physica.

    Bindings worn and chipped, top compartment of third volume missing, cracked joints, pages foxed and browned, minor tears, paper losses and worm holes. A rare survival of the original edition of this massive work on science and pseudo-science by the assistant of Athanasius Kircher. Good. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

    First editions. [40], 538, [14]; [28], 432, [16]; [22], 815, [1], [16] pages. Three engraved title pages, seventy-seven plates, of which nine are folding, [volume two lacking plate 13], ornamental head- and tail-pieces, and decorated initials. Contemporary mottled calf, gilt decorated spines with four raised bands, gilt lettered titles. Bookplate of "Ludovicus De Puget . Anno 1709" on front pastedowns. Bindings rubbed and scuffed, corners and spine ends bumped and chipped, spine labels chipped affecting titles, top compartment of volume three missing, cracked joints; browning and foxing, holograph notes and names on endpapers, previous owner's signatures to title pages, few ink corrections to plate numbers; engraved title page of volume one with minor paper loss and tears in the lower margin, not affecting image, O3-P2 tiny worming in upper margin, plate O4 with little affect; volume two with paper loss in the outer margin of Z2, no affect to text, 2A2 minor paper loss in upper margin, tear at plate facing 2G4, and worming to the outer margins from 3E4 to end, no affect to text; otherwise in good condition.

    A rare survival of the original edition of this massive work on science and pseudo-science. Schott (1608-66) Jesuit, student and assistant of Athanasius Kircher. During the last years of his life he decided to publish the mass of material he had collected on scientific subjects both from his own researches and those of others. His industry is impressive with this work on "Magic" being one of his most important works. Often uncritical of his materials and with a taste for the unusual and esoteric, he was involved with some slight difficulties with the censors.

    "Athanasius Kircher himself had planned to write such a work as Magia Universalis, but was too busy to do so, and hence put his plan and notes at the disposal of his disciple, Schott. The four tomes [of which only the first three are present here] deal respectively with optics, acoustics, mathematics, and Physica or natural phenomena and marvels."

    "They still emphasize the marvelous, 'curious hidden wonders and foreign to the vulgar ken,' and 'whatever in the universal nature of things is occult, paradoxical, prodigious, and the like to a miracle,' 'things rare, curious and prodigious, this is truly magical.'" Thorndike VII 591.

    Magia Universalis treats chromatic magic, magic with mirrors, dioptric magic, telescopic magic, phono-campic magic, phonoiatric magic, musical magic, symphoniuric magic, thaumaturgic magic, static magic, hydrostatic magic, cryptographic magic, pyrotechnic magic, magnetic magic, medical magic, chiromantic magic, etc. See Thorndike VII 598ff for a discussion.

    VD 17 23:000451A. Mercier 6ff. Caillet 10003 "Ouvrage rechere." Esoterica 4437 "Ouvrage tres rare."

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