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SCHENCKEL, Lambert [and Johannes PAEPP].
Memoria artificialis ... Omnibus litterarum et sapientiae amantibus luci donate, una cum clavicula illam legendi, modum aperiente. Arnoldi Backhusii Lubecensis.Cologne, Wilhelmus Friessus, 1643. 12mo. With engraved title-page. Contemporary vellum.
[2], 3-200, [15], [1 blank] pp.Very rare third edition of Johannes Paepp's detailed commentary on Schenkel's Ars memoria, first published in 1617 as Schenckelius detectus, seu memoria artificialis hactenus occultata. The Dutch humanist Lambert Schenkel (1547-1625) was a great master of the art of memory and his teachings were so efficient that he was once accused of heresy by the Catholic Church. "Schenkel had a disciple and imitator, one Johannes Paepp. The works on memory of this Paepp are deserving of rather careful attention because he plays a role which may be vulgarly described as letting the cat out of the bag. He, as he describes it, 'detects Schenkel' or reveals the secret of the occult memory hidden in Schenkel's books. This purpose is stated in the title of his first book .... And he continued the good work of 'detecting Schenkel' in two subsequent publications" (Yates).While the present third edition names "Arnoldi Backhusy" on the title-page, he appears to have done nothing except add the dedication to the physician Johannes Meiboom: the main text largely matches the second edition. With a 1659 owner's inscription and a library stamp. A very good copy, with the fore-edge margin of the title-page folded inward and a minor water stain throughout in the lower margin. Binding very good as well.l VD17 14:631160D (2 copies); Yates, Art of memory, p. 301.
Bookseller: ASHER Rare Books (Since 1830) [Netherlands]
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