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AGRIPPA (Henricus Cornelius).
Déclamation sur l'Incertitude, Vanité et Abus des Sciences, Traduite en François du Latin. Œuvre qui peut profiter, et qui apporte merveilleux contentement à ceux qui fréquentent les Cours des grands Seigneurs, et qui veulent apprendre à discourir d'une infinité de choses contre la commune opinion.
(Genève), Jean Durand, 1582. 8vo. 8 leaves. 551 pages. Full calf, spine with raised bands and fine gilt tooling on panels, morocco label, gilt ornamentation on the leading edges of sides, mottled edges (17th century binding). Very rare First Edition. The first French translation of this well-known work by the famous German Kabbalist Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim (1486-1538), who taught philosophy in several European cities and served as a counselor to emperor Charles V. He died in Grenoble. Sciences in general, Letters, Grammar, Poetry, Artificial Memory, Geomantics, Games of Chance, Music, Dance or Ball, Astrology, Physiognomy of palmistry, Magic in general, Natural Magic, Caballe, Metaphysics, Images, etc. The translation is the work of Louis de Mayerne-Turquet (1550-1618), a Protestant from Lyon who became a citizen of Geneva, where the book was printed. Engraved vignette pasted on the paste-down endpaper, with the motto "Semper Audere" ("Always dare") and the initials "J. D.". Small old repairs at the corner of a few sheets of a same quire (pp. 293-296), and a repaired cut in the blank of the last sheet, without damaging the text. Good copy. Not in Caillet nor Dorbon (posterior editions recorded). [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Librería Comellas [Barcelona, Spain]

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