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    Nicholas Pierre Henri Villars, Abbé de Mountfaucon. Nouveaux Entretiens Sur Les Sciences Secretes, Ou Le Comte De Gabalis: Renouvelle & Augmente D'une Lettre Sur Ce Sujet. Cologne: [Pierre Marteau], 1691. Krown & Spellman retail: $400. First Edition.
    12mo. A-I12. 215pp. Contemp. French mottled sheep, spine gilt, front cover detached, paper age toned. Small planisphere on t.p. First Edition of this Title with first 5 entretiens and the Lettre. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

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    Villars' (1635-73) work is on demonology and the occult sciences of the Rosicrucians written in the style of a dialogue. It was an attack against such sciences and appealed to common sense. But Villars revealed the secrets of the Rosicrucians. "In spite of its satirical character The Count of Gabalis awoke an interest in the occult, so much so that it is believed by some that Villars intended to promote Paracelsian magic rather than to destroy it. Only a few years after the appearance of the book, however, its author was murdered by the Rosicrucians, it is said, to avenge his indiscretion and mockery." Seligmann. History of Magic. There are several states of the title page this has the imprint date but not the printer. VD17 23:320788W. Caillet 7707. Yves-Plessis 496. "Edition rare". Wolfsteig 42465. Gardner, Rosicruciana, 686 (1693 ed.) OCLC: 41482074 (1 copy at Princeton only). Not in Cioranescu.   

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