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    [Magic]. G. Naudaeus [Gabriel Naudé]. The History of Magick By way of Apology, For all the Wise Men who have unjustly been reputed Magicians, from the Creation, to the present Age... Englished by J. Davies. London: Printed for John Streater, 1657. First English edition from the original French edition of 1625. Small octavo (6.3125 x 4.25 inches; 158 x 108 mm.). [2, blank], [xvi], 1-306, [2, publisher's ads] pages. Early twentieth-century brown calf, boards ruled in gilt, with gilt floral cornerpieces and central motifs, spine tooled in gilt in compartments, five raised bands, burgundy and black gilt morocco lettering labels, gilt turn-ins, marbled endleaves. Some occasional minor wear and soiling to binding, text toned and with some intermittent thumbsoiling and foxing, contemporary ink notations on title-page and verso, a few pages with short marginal tears or chips, upper margins trimmed a bit close, touching the text or page numbers on a few leaves, edges of text block toned. Still, good. Lowndes 1654; Wing N246.

    More Information: "This famous book. was written in defence of celebrated scientists accused of being magicians or sorcerers. Among the men defended by Naudé are Cardanus, Geber, Lullius, Arnaldus de Villanova, Paracelsus, Agrippa von Nettesheym, R. Bacon, Pythagoras, Socrates, Thomas Aquinas and others. (Duveen 423). In this book, Naudé not only exonerates the previously-mentioned historical figures of practicing magic, he also divided magic into four categories: divine, theurgic, natural and witchcraft. The first three categories were legitimate, the final category was illegitimate. Naudé was one of the most widely-traveled and admired scholars of his day.

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