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Les Secrets Merveilleux De La Magie Naturelle Du Petit albert. Tirés de l’ouvrage latin intitulé: Alberti Parvi Lucii. Libellus de mirabilibus Naturae Arcanis Et d'autres écrivains philosophes. Enrichis des figures mystérieuses, d'astrologie, physionomie, etc, etc.
Chez les Héritiers de Beringos fratres à l'enseigne d'Agrippa, Lyon 1868 - Hardcover. Small octavo. 6 x 3.5 inches. 180pp Contemporary quarter leather with marbled boards. Gilt decorations to spine, raised bands, maroon leather spine label with gilt titling. Marbled endpapers and page edges. Decorated title page and numerous black and white illustrations in-text. Six hand-coloured plates, four of which are folding. Text in French. One of the most attractive editions of this famous grimoire. The work was first published in the eighteenth century; its title obviously chosen to capitalise on the immense success of "Les Admirables Secrets D'Albert Le Grand" which it did quite effectively. It underwent numerous editions, the content of which often varied significantly, although generally speaking they arguably had even less to do with Albertus Magnus and more to do with the magic than the "Secrets D'Albert Le Grand." This mid-nineteenth century edition starts with chapters on the physiognomy and chiromancy, before moving to the manufacture of talismans, Parcelsian and natural magic, folk remedies and just a touch of necromancy. This edition has as the frontispiece a plate with the emblematic representation of "Fortune" beneath which the magical phrase "Amousin Albomatatos" (sometimes said to represent "Virtue Rewarded), and also has the plate of the necromantic "Main de Gloire" ("Hand of Glory" - corpse-hand lamp) that was omitted from some issues of the same edition. A few small discolored patches on boards which are a little chafed at the edges, and lightly rounded and rubbed at points. Still overall a lovely better, clean, unmarked, better than VG copy. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Weiser Antiquarian Books, Inc.]
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