Johann Nikolas Martius. Unterricht von der Magia Naturali und derseiben medicinische. Gebrauch auf Magische Weise. Beygefuget Ein Neueroffnestes Kunst-Kabinett und Antonii Mizaldi hundert Curieuse Kunst-Stucke. Frankfurt am Main & Leipzig: Christoph Gottlieb Nicolai, 1751. Krown & Spellman retail: $850. 8vo. )(8.A-U8 [U8 blank]. [14],296,[2]p. Modern spotted calf, blind rules on front cover, spine banded, title on leather label, uncut copy with margins of varying length, minor age toning and stains, a nice copy. Engraved emblematic frontis., old signature on t.p. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

    More Information: Martius was a celebrated medical practitioner at Brunswick."A last word in the seventeenth century on magic was said by Johann N. Martius in a Dissertation concerning natural magic and its use in medicine in curing magic and magically. He divided magic into three kinds: natural, artificial or mathematical, and diabolic. He accepted various legendary instances of artificial or mathematical magic...On the other hand, he despaired of the aeronautical art's ever succeeding. He approved of the cabbala, but regarded geomancy as without any natural foundation....Martius felt that it was necessary to build up a new astrology based on experience.." [Thorndike] Bruning 4650.

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