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    An Important Work by One of the
    Founders of Rosicrucianism

    Johann Valentin Andreae. Seleniana Augustalia... Una cum opusculum aliis. Ulm: Balthasar Kuhne, 1649. First edition. Twelvemo. [24], 585, [15] pages. With portrait of Andreae, engraved title-page with symbolic cuts, four full-page portraits, and one full-page allegorical woodcut (page 28). Contemporary full vellum. Slight worming to last leaves, slight creasing to portraits, scattered minor stains, one old Latin note at page 526, some foxing. A very good copy. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Andreae (1586-1654) German humanist, clergyman, educator, philanthropist, and founder of the Rosicrucians. "In spite of endless disasters, Johann Valentine was supported all his life by hopes of some far-reaching solution of the religious situation. All his activities, whether devout Lutheran pastor with socialist interests, or as the propagator of 'Rosicrucian' fantasies. were directed towards such a hope." [Yates, Rosicrucian Enlightenment, 1972]

    This work contains Andreae's remarakable and important correspondence with the house of Brunswick-Luneberg; that is with Duke August, the three sons and the daughter, [Rudolf August, Anton Ulrich and Ferdinand Albert and the princess Sibylle Ursula whose portraits grace this volume]. Included is Andreae's poem (Lemmata Sacra)

    A variety of humanist subjects are discussed, history, art, cryptography, utopianism, the 'Societas Christianae', etc. A second volume (not present here) was published in 1654.

    At the end are honorarium poems by: Martin Gosky; Jacobus Honoldus; Johann Mair; Rudolphus Roth; Johann Henricus Faber; Marcus Dolmetsch; Johann Joachim Schüele; Chrsitophorus Zellerus; Johannes Schmidt; Johannes Schübel; Tobias Pfisterus; Petrus Meuderlinus; & Konrad Buno.

    VD17 23:620680M. Dünnhaupt (2nd), 285: 99. Schmitt-Appenzeller, Kuhn, 92. Gardner, Rosicruciana, 43. Wolfsteig 13736 "sehr Selten." BL STC 17th (German) A660. Faber du Faur 129 (1654 ed. see note). Graesse I,119. Mälzer 162. Montgomery 150. Burk 68. Gily, Andreae 1986, 55.

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