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Mercuriorum Liber iam tandem subsido Manuscripti exemplaris perfecte editus. Item eiusdem Apertorium, Repertorium, Artis intellectuae Theorica & Practica, Magia naturalis, opuscula plane aurea
Woodcut printer's device on title (repeated on verso of final leaf). 8 p.l., 381, [1] pp. Small 8vo, 18th-cent. polished calf (occasional faint dampstaining), sides decorated in gilt, flat spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Cologne: J. Birckmann, 1567. First edition of the Mercuriorum Liber, a rare text attributed to Lull but probably spurious. Lull (1232?-1316), opposed alchemy which he considered fraudulent. "However, there is no doubt that the 'Lullian' philosophy transmitted after Ramon's death included alchemy. The ascription of so many alchemical writings to the master is sufficient proof of that."-Sarton, Vol. II, Part II, p. 910. "Accepted by Pico della Mirandola, Lullism was the natural accompaniment of the Hermetic-Cabalist philosophy which underlies Renaissance Neoplatonism. In this atmosphere, Lullism took on the magical and occult flavour of that philosophy. The implicit connection of the Lullian emphasis on the elements with alchemy became explicit, and the pseudo-Lullian alchemy flourished."-Yates, Lull & Bruno, p. 7. Fine copy with some pencilling in the margins. With some contemporary annotations as well. ❧ Caillet 6855. Ferguson, II, p. 54.
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