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Mercurij Trismegisti Pymander, de potestate et sapientia dei. Eiusdem Asclepius, de uoluntate dei. Opuscula sanctissimis mysterijs, ac uere coelestibus oraculis illustrissima. Iamblichus De mysterijs Aegyptiorum, Chaldaeorum, & Assyrioru[m]. Proclus in Platonicum Alcibiadem, de anima & daemone; idem De sacrificio & magia .
Basle: colophon: Michael Isingrin August 1532 - with woodcut printer's device (Johann Bebel) on verso of last leaf, some browning, pp. 480 (pp. 320-39 omitted in pagination) [4], 8vo, contemporary vellum, lettered in ink on spine, small hole in vellum surface on upper cover, contemporary ownership inscription on fly leaf of Niccolo Franco and two later inscriptions (see below), 'Hermetic' book-plate on verso with motto 'Sapere aude,' good. This volume unites two of the most important Hermetic texts (in Ficino's translation), Iamblichus on Egyptian mysteries, Proclus' commentary on Plato's First Alcibiades, and his own work on sacrifice and magic. The Ficino translations had appeared in incunable editions, but the two by Proclus are here in first edition. 'The first and chief work of the Corpus [Hermeticum] is entitled Poimandres. It gives an account of the creation of the world by a luminous Word, who is the Son of God. A mystical hymn in this work was often recited by the alchemists . Besides the works of the Corpus, a work entitled Asclepius . a dialogue between Asclepius and Hermes Trismeguistus, is of interest for its purported description of the ancient Egyptian religion' (DSB VI p. 306). The ownership inscription reads 'Francisci Nicolai', below this, in ink, is some sort of endorsement by a 19th-century French bookseller, and below this, in pencil, an inscription in English identifying the 'Italian poet hung by Pope Paul [sic, recte Pius] V for blasphemy and obscenity, 1569.' (Adams H345; Wellcome 3121)
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