419
419
Porta, Giovanni Battista della
NATURAL  MAGICK...IN TWENTY BOOKS...WHEREIN ARE SET FORTH ALL THE RICHES AND DELIGHTS OF THE NATURAL SCIENCES. FOR THOMAS YOUNG AND SAMUEL SPEED, 1658
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1,2001,800
LOT SOLD. 2,375 GBP
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419
Porta, Giovanni Battista della
NATURAL  MAGICK...IN TWENTY BOOKS...WHEREIN ARE SET FORTH ALL THE RICHES AND DELIGHTS OF THE NATURAL SCIENCES. FOR THOMAS YOUNG AND SAMUEL SPEED, 1658
Estimate
1,2001,800
LOT SOLD. 2,375 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Porta, Giovanni Battista della
NATURAL  MAGICK...IN TWENTY BOOKS...WHEREIN ARE SET FORTH ALL THE RICHES AND DELIGHTS OF THE NATURAL SCIENCES. FOR THOMAS YOUNG AND SAMUEL SPEED, 1658
4to, FIRST ENGLISH EDITION, engraved title, title page in red and black, woodcut initials and illustrations, table at the end, contemporary panelled calf decorated in blind, modern card slipcase, rebacked, new endpapers, engraved title and title pages inlaid and with some slight repairs, repairs to margins of preliminaries, a few other margin tears, some browning and foxing
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Literature

Wing P2982; Norman 1726

Catalogue Note

Porta's Magia naturalis was first published in a four book version in 1558. It is an uncritical compilation of the fantastical and the empirical, discussing subjects such as demonology, magnetism and the camera obscura. An expanded twenty book version was published in 1589, and it is from this expanded edition that the present English translation is derived. The engraved title is by Robert Gaywood.

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