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    The First Work to Discuss Electrical Repulsion

    Niccolo Cabeo [Cabaeus]. Philosophia Magnetica, In Qua Magnetis Natura Penitus Explicatur. Et Omnium Quae Hoc Lapide cernuntur, causae propriae afferuntur: Nova Etiam Praxis Construitur. quae propriam Poli elevationem, cum meridiano, ubique demonstrat, Multa Quoque Dicuntur De electricis & aliis attractionibus, & eorum casis. Cologne and Ferrara: Johann Kinckius, Francesco Succi, 1629. First edition, Cologne issue, of the first work to discuss electrical repulsion, "perhaps the most significant discovery of the century following Gilbert." (Wolf). Folio. [a]2 [title-page and dedication leaf surrounding the next gathering], 2, 2a6 [2a2 blank present], A-2M6, 2N2. [20], 412, [12] pages. Printer's mark on typographic title-page, engraved title-page in architectural form with scientific apparatus, numerous text cuts (149) and engravings (four, including world map on page 93). Contemporary full vellum, gilt title on spine, edges colored, the first typographic printed title and dedication page (both browned as usual) were added to this Cologne edition (see below). Aside from the two German leaves, the rest of the text is clean, crisp and very fine. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Cabeo (1586-1650): "A Jesuit, Cabeo taught moral theology and mathematics at Padua, then was a preacher in various Italian cities until he settled in Genoa, where he taught mathematics." (DNB).

    "On p. 194 of this famous work of the great Italian Jesuit will be found the first recognition of electrical repulsion. Gilbert's discoveries and theories are freely discussed, the latter often adversely. Sympathetic telegraphy disproved (page 301); magnetic field mapped out by iron filings; also diagrams of the magnetic (lover's) telegraph. Cabeo opposed the views of Copernicus on astronomy, as well as those of Gilbert on terrestrial magnetism. Copies of this first edition are much sought after." (Wheeler Gift).

    "An important work on the loadstone... A curious chapter...institutes a comparison between electrical and magnetical attraction...The 'Philosophia Magnetica' is the second Latin book published on electricity." (Mottelay).

    The Cologne issue adds a new typographic title-page and resets the dedication leaf (conjugate leaf) beginning "Ludovico XIII" [see Wellcome description]. The Papal arms which were at the top of the engraved title-page are replaced with the Jesuit emblem and the last line of the title beginning with "multa quoque dicuntur.." has been added. It seems fairly obvious that Succi printed two variants of the book, one intended for the German trade; the paper of the book is distinctly a superior Italian printing on fine paper except for the added leaves which are on the typically browned paper of seventeenth century German books. Probably Kinkius printed these two leaves and sent them to Italy to be added to his issue of the book. Our copy is in a typical Italian binding of the time which implies, in this cataloger's mind, that Succi supplied the books with the changes in a finished form to his German counterpart.

    VD17 23:230949Q. Ferguson I, 136. Ronalds 92. Wheeler Gift 97. Bakken 7. Wellcome I, 1171a. Riccardi I, 205. De Backer-Sommervogel II, 483, 1. Sotheran, 659. Bibl. Dt. Mus. Libri rari 060. Thorndike VII, 267ff.

    Cabeo [Cabaeus], Niccolo. Philosophia Magnetica, In Qua Magnetis Natura Penitus Explicatur. Et Omnium Quae Hoc Lapide cernuntur, causae propriae afferuntur: Nova Etiam Praxis Construitur. quae propriam Poli elevationem, cum meridiano, ubique demonstrat, Multa Quoque Dicuntur De electricis & aliis attractionibus, & eorum casis. Cologne [ & Ferrara]: Johann Kinckius [ & Francesco Succi], 1629. Folio. 310 x 215mm. [a]2 [t..p. & dedication leaf surrounding the next gathering], 2, 2a6 [2a2 blank present], A-2M6, 2N2. [20], 412, [12]pp. Contemp. full vellum, gilt title on spine, edges colored, the first typographic printed title and dedication page (both browned as usual) were added to this Cologne edition [see below] .Aside for the two German leaves, the rest of the text is clean, crisp and very fine. Printer's mark on typographic t.p., engraved t.p. in architectural form with scientific apparatus, numerous text cuts (149) and engravings (4) [including world map on p93 (rp p220). First Edition, Cologne issue. Cabeo, 1586-1650, "A Jesuit, Cabeo taught moral theology and mathematics at Padua, then was a preacher in various Italian cities until he settled in Genoa, where he taught mathematics." {DNB]
    First edition, Cologne issue, of the first work to discuss electrical repulsion, "perhaps the most significant discovery of the century following Gilbert" [Wolf].
    "On p. 194 of this famous work of the great Italian Jesuit will be found the first recognition of electrical repulsion. Gilbert's discoveries and theories are freely discussed, the latter often adversely. Sympathetic telegraphy disproved, p.301; magnetic field mapped out by iron filings; also diagrams of the magnetic (lover's) telegraph. Cabeo opposed the views of Copernicus on astronomy, as well as those of Gilbert on terrestrial magnetism. Copies of this first edition are much sought after." [Wheeler Gift.]
    "An important work on the loadstone... A curious chaper...institutes a comparison between electrical and magnetical attraction...The 'Philosophia Magnetica' is the second Latin book published on electricity." [Mottelay]
    The Cologne issue adds a new typographic title-page and resets the dedication leaf (conjugate leaf) beginning "Ludovico XIII" [see Wellcome description]. The Papal arms which were at the top of the engraved t.p. are replaced with the Jesuit emblem and the last line of the title beginning with "multa quoque dicuntur.." has been added. It seems fairly obvious that Succi printed two variants of the book, one intended for the German trade; the paper of the book is distinctly a superior Italian printing on fine paper except for the added leaves which are on the typically browned paper of 17th century German books. Probably Kinkius printed these two leaves and sent them to Italy to be added to his issue of the book. Our copy is in a typical Italian binding of the time which implies,in this cataloger's mind, that Succi supplied the books with the changes in a finished form to his German counterpart.
    VD17 23:230949Q. Ferguson I, 136. Ronalds 92. Wheeler Gift 97. Bakken 7. Wellcome I, 1171a. Riccardi I, 205. De Backer- Sommervogel. II, 483, 1.Sotheran,659. Bibl. Dt. Mus. Libri rari 060. Macclesfield Sotheby's, June 10, 2004, lot 47 [Ferrara issue] Madsen - Freilich Sotheby's New York, Jan 10, 2001, lot 112. Thorndike VII, 267ff. Science. Magnetism. Electricity. Occult. Alchemy. Mathematics. Jesuit.



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