Maiolus [Maiole De Asti], Simone, Bishop Of Volturra
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Frankfurt:: Johann Gottfried Schonwetter, 1642. Folio.333 x 210mm. )(4, A-4L6, A-V6, a-g8, h4. , 960, 164, , [2 blank]. Contemp. vellum, yapp fore-edge, title in ms. on spine. spine has crease marks, old owner's stamp on t.p. and half-title, corner off )(4 (minor border loss), occ. paper toning and foxing; pages tabed for chapter references with occ. small tears. Engraved t.p., with emblematic insets and costumed figures; double-page table. "Best edition." Simone Maioli (1520-1597) was born in Asti in Piedmont. In 1572 he was made bishop of Volturra where he was recognized for his wisdom and learning. He published several historical and religious works the most famous of which was this massive encyclopedia of miscellaneous knowledge. It was first printed in Paris in 1610 but later printings kept adding more sections to it, until it reached the massive seven volumes in this edition. There is too much to cover in a brief listing but he covers science, plants & herbs, oracles, dwarves, dragons, the perfidy of the jews, law, angels and spirits, devils, demonology, women, pigmees, posession, apparitions, etc. VD 17: 109663T. Sabattini 369. Brunet III, 1323. Alden 642/75. Sabin 44056n. Houzeau/Lancaster 2867. Riccardi I, 73. Other eds: Ackermann I, 155. Caillet 7023-5. Chorinski 722. Esoterica 2856-8. Rosenthal, Magica, 580.