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De incertitudine & vanitate scientiarum & artium, atque excellentia verba dei. Antwerp, apud Florentissimam Antwerpiam [J. Grapheus ?],

AGRIPPA VON NETTESHEIM Henricus Cornelius (1531.)

£1200.00 

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Sm. 8vo. [4], 9-159 ff. [1]f. (blank). 19th century straight-grained brown morocco, triple gilt fillet on covers, spine with gilt ornament in each compartment, label lettered in gilt.

An early edition of Agrippa's principal work and, apparently, a line for line reprint of the second edition of Paris, Jean Pierre, February 1531; the first edition appeared at Antwerp in 1530. De incertitudine is a sarcastic attack on the pretensions of learned men in which the author pleads for a return to the primitive belief of the early Christian church. The various subjects include music, astrology, magic, hunting, medicine, cabala, art and architecture and the preparation of food. In his varied career Agrippa (1487-1535) was in the service of Emperor Maximilian, then became interested in theosophy and magic, as a result of which he was denounced as a heretic. After a seven year stay in Italy he became historiographer to Francis I of France, a position which he lost after the publication of this work due to financial problems. De incertitudine caused an uproar when it was published and Agrippa was obliged to flee the country to avoid the Inquisition. All editions printed after 1543 were censured. Provenance. Early inscription on title-page "Ex libris Mich. Bertrand. D.M.", motto in early hand on title and early inscription on final blank. 19th century label inside front cover of Henry David Forbes of Balgownie. Some underlining.Small wormhole on title and following leaf affecting one letter, some marginal worm at end, a little dampstained.Graesse I, 44. Not in Adams or BMSTC (Low Countries).

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