DescriptionNicholas Pierre Henri Montfaucon de Villars, Abbé. Comte de Gabalis, Entretiens Sur Les Sciences Secretes. Renouvellé & augmenté d'une Lettre sur ce subjet. Cologne: Pierre Marteau, N.D. [1671 ?] A-I8,K6. 155,pp. [bound with :] La Suite Du Comte De Gabalis, Ou Nouveaux Netretiens Sur Les Sciences Secretes, Touchant La Nouvelle Philosophie. Amsterdam: Pierre Mortier, N.D. [1780 ?] ΠI8,K3. ,150pp. Krown & Spellman retail: $750. Small 8vo. 2 works in 1 vol. 19th c. ½ calf over marbled boards, title on leather label, rubbed, cut close on fore-edge on some leaves just touching some letters but causing no text loss. Front cover detached. First work t.p. in red and black using armillary sphere as a device. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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 secret of the Rocrucians. "In spite of its satirical character The Count of Gibalis awoke an interest in the occult, so much so that it is believed by some that Villars intended to promote Paracelsian magic than to detroy 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.
The second work, the "Suite" is "A Burlesque on the original work, and presumably only written to enable it to be sold on the reputation enjoyed by the re-issue of the original one." Gardner. "La sujet principal roule sur le marriage des Forces-espirits de la nature. Cette idee est illustree par des examples d'obsessions d'hommes et de femmes se livrant aux incubes et aux succubes." Caillet Yve-Plessis 496 (noting the Sphere and stating some copies have 1691 for a date) & 498 (other ed). Gardner, Bibliotheca Rosicruciana, 685 & 688. Graesse, Magica, 59 noting the Mortier edition is "sehr selten." Caillet 7707. Duveen 411.
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