Magiae naturalis libri XX. Giovanni Battista della PORTA.
Magiae naturalis libri XX.
Magiae naturalis libri XX.
Magiae naturalis libri XX.
Magiae naturalis libri XX.
Magiae naturalis libri XX.
Magiae naturalis libri XX.
Magiae naturalis libri XX.
Magiae naturalis libri XX.
Magiae naturalis libri XX.
Magiae naturalis libri XX.
Magiae naturalis libri XX.
Magiae naturalis libri XX.
Magiae naturalis libri XX.
Magiae naturalis libri XX.
Magiae naturalis libri XX.
Magiae naturalis libri XX.
Magiae naturalis libri XX.
Magiae naturalis libri XX.
Magiae naturalis libri XX.
Magiae naturalis libri XX.
Magiae naturalis libri XX.
Magiae naturalis libri XX.
Magiae naturalis libri XX.
Magiae naturalis libri XX.
Magiae naturalis libri XX.
Magiae naturalis libri XX.
Magiae naturalis libri XX.
Magiae naturalis libri XX.
Magiae naturalis libri XX.
Magiae naturalis libri XX.
Magiae naturalis libri XX.
Magiae naturalis libri XX.
Magiae naturalis libri XX.

Magiae naturalis libri XX.

Naples: Oratio Salviani, 1589.

1st Edition. Hardcover. Folio - over 12 - 15" tall. Very Good. Item #003452

Folio (316 x 224 mm). [16], 301 [1] pp. Title with woodcut border and author's portrait on the verso, 21 woodcut illustrations in text, woodcut initials and headpieces. 18th century half calf, spine ruled and decorated in gilt and with gilt-lettered morocco label, original endpapers (some rubbing and wear to extremities). Text generally quite crisp and clean with minor even browning and occasional minor spotting, short clean tear to title-page, final pages with pale dampstain to upper corner. Provenance: ink annotations in Italian to front pastedown and first flyleaf. Very good, wide-margined copy. ----

EDIT 16, CNCE 16535; Mortimer, Italian 400; Riccardi I/2, 307; Honeyman 2519; NLM/Durling 3728 (rem). FIRST EDITION of the complete text in twenty books, first published 1558 in 4 books only. "The 1588 text was Della Porta's earliest published work, and the 1589 volume is essential to an understanding of Della Porta and the science of his day" (Mortimer). Della Porta's Natural Magic, immediately and durably popular, dealt with mathematics, meteorology, astrology and natural philosophy, but also occult philosophy and alchemy. In 1592 his philosophical works were prohibited from further publication by the Church. "In the later enlarged edition some chapters were increased to books, recipes and processes were multiplied, while others were omitted or reduced in length . . . More attention was given to agriculture, applied science and useful arts such as breeding hybrid animals, crossing plants, and preserving fruits" (Thorndike VI, 419). - Visit our website to see more images!

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