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De mysteriis Aegyptorum. Chaldaeorum. Assyriorum. - (And:) PROCLUS. Commentaria in Alcibiadem Platonis primum; De sacrificio et magia. - (And:) PORPHYRIUS. De divinis et daemonibus. - (And:) SYNESIUS. De somniis. - (And:) PSELLUS, Michael. De daemonibus. (And:) PRISCIANUS, (Lydus). Expositio in Theophrastum de sensu; etc. (And:) ALBINUS, (Platonicus). De doctrina Platonis.- (And:) SPEUSIPPUS. De Platonis definitionibus.- (And:) PYTHAGORAS. Aurea verba; Symbola. - (And:) PLATO (-pseudo). Axiochus.- (And:) MARSILIUS, Ficinus. De voluptate

      Venice, Aldus Manutius, 01.09.97. With woodcut ornamental initial. Roman letters. 37 lines. 186 unn. leaves (the last blank). Small folio (310 x 215 mm). Comtemporary blind ruled dark brown calf over wooden boards (clasps missing). (Venice, Aldus Manutius, September 1497). First edition of this incunabular collection of Iamblichus' (c. 250-325) "De mysteriis", together with additional tracts by various authors, all in the Latin translation of Marsilio Ficino, the famous Renaissance Platonist (d. 1499). In his own works, he entirely took over the Hermetic transcendental philosophy as represented here by Porphyrius and Iamblichus. See Thorndike, v. 6, for the importance of these texts in the history of magic and experimental science. The present copy represents the fully corrected variant, unrecorded in BMC, with the second leaf correctly signed a2 and with the spelling of the last word on K2 "absente". The Syrian philosopher Iamblichus was a student of Porphyrius and founder of the Syrian school of Neoplatonism. In his "De mysteriis" he summarizes aspects of Hermetic philosophy, stressing the necessity of ritual religion and the power of contemplation. Iamblichus is credited with doing more than any other philosopher to transfer the Neoplatinism of Plotinus into the rigid, complex scholarship known best from the works of Proclus. He attempted to create a coherent theology encompassing all rites, myths, and divinities of later syncretistic paganism. He is the author of "Vita Pythagorae" and promulgated Pythagorean number symbolism and mysticism; Pythagoras's own "Aurea verba et symbola" is also printed here. and Iamblichus. - A few contemporary marginalia, few worm punctures towards end, other quires affected by minor foxing, title leaf slightly dustsoiled, otherwise a very clean, wide-margined and well-preserved copy of an early Aldus. - HC 9358; Goff J-216; BMC V, 557; Proctor 5559; BSB-Ink I-127; Polain 2236; Schweiger I, 176; Caillet 5489; Walsh 2648-53; IGI 5096; Renouard p. 13, 6. INCUNABLES ; PHILOSOPHY ;

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