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    [Featured Lot] Culpeper, Nicholas & Ebenezer Sibly. Culpeper's English Physician; and Complete Herbal. To Which Are Now First Added Upwards of One Hundred aditional Herbs, With A Display Of Their Medicnal and Occult Properties... Forming A Complete Family Dispensatory And Natural System of Physic. London: For the Proprietor by Lewis and Roden...by Champante and Whitrow, [Vol. 2 George Sidney.] [1802?] 4to. 2 pts in 1 vol. ¹2,a-c2,B-5I2,5K1;¹1,B-3T2. xvi,132,131*,132*,133-398; 256pp. Contemporary suede,worn, rebacked, new endpapers, library acquisition stamp on verso of t.p., portrait stained, some foxing and occasional stains. Printed on a mix of blue and plain papers. Engraved portrait of Culpeper, 29 hand-colored engravings of plants, 11 (of 13) sepia printed anatomical engravings . Lacks plates 38 & 40. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
    Krown & Spellman retail: $1,000


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    Sibly (1751-1799/1800) "Famous eighteenth-century astrologer...he is believed to have been born in Bristol, England. He came to London to study surgery and in 1792 graduated as doctor of medicine from King's College, Aberdeen, Scotland...practised both medicine and astrology after graduation from King's College in Aberdeen...(he) styled himself an "astro-philosopher."[Ency. of Occultism & Parapsychology] 

    "..it would be quite incorrect to dismiss Sibly simply as an occultist. It is true that he was deeply convinced of the need to search for truth in the works of older alchemists, natural magicians, and astrologers. He wrote with conviction of the vital spirit and the anima mundi--and of sympathetic forces that bound together the great and small worlds. Yet, Sibly also felt comfortable with the most recent scientific journals and he sought to accommodate this research to his own world view. Heberden, Newton, Priestly, and Lavoisier were no less important to him than Aristotle, Hermes Trismegistus, Khunrath, and Paracelsus. Even more important, the recent work of Mesmer seemed to offer the most powerful proof of his own cosmic interpretation of man and nature." [Alan Debus quoted in Godwin, Theosophical Enlightenment]

    Culpeper, Nicholas 1616-1654, writer on astrology and medicine. "In September 1653 Culpeper again trespassed on the monopoly claimed by the recognised medical writers by publishing (with Peter Cole) a book entitled 'The English Physician Enlarged, with 369 medicines made of English Herbs that were not in any impression until this. The Epistle will inform you how to know this impression from any other.' This work, like its predecessor, had an enormous sale." Sibly's edition was also very popular and he placed Culpeper's work in the center of occult medical practices.

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    October, 2014
    30th Thursday
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