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    [Occult]. Agrippa. La Philosophie Occulte. La Haye: 1727. First edition, large paper copy , of this important set on the occult.

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    [Occult]. Henr[i] Corn[eille] Agrippa. La Philosophie Occulte. La Haye: Chez R. Chr. Alberts, 1727. First edition, large paper copy , in French of this important (and prohibited) set on the occult.

    Large paper copy. Approximately 8.75 x 5.25 inches. Two octavo volumes. [xi], 427, [1, blank]; [ii], 317 pages. With twelve engraved plates inserted throughout, and numerous engraved illustrations. Contemporary full calf, boards double-ruled in gilt. Both volumes rebacked in later calf, spines double-ruled in blind and numbered in gilt, five raised bands, burgundy gilt morocco lettering labels. Binding worn, headcap of volume I chipped, hinges of volume I cracked, second gutter of volume II cracked, endleaves and blanks chipped and worn, some light soiling and intermittent foxing in text, bookplates removed front front pastedowns. Still, a good set of this rare and unusual work.

    Agrippa (1486?-1535) was an influential German philosopher and theologan. The original edition of this work was written in about 1510, but its publication was delayed until 1531-1533. It is a defense of magic and its use in bringing men closer to a knowledge of nature and of God. However, it was a controversial work, and led to charges of black magic and imprisonment by the Inquisition.

    Thorndike V, 134-136. Caillet 95. Cornell 10.

    From the John McLaughlin/Book Sail Collection.

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