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Les Oeuvres Magiques De Henri-Corneille Agrippa, Mises en Francais Par Pierre D’Aban, Avec des Secrets occultes, notamment celui de la Reine des Mouches values.
( Imprimerie de Blocquel ) 1744 [ 1830? ], Rome [ Lille] - Hardcover. Small 8vo. 5.5 x 3.5 inches. (1 - 7) 8 - 112 (+ ii avertissement)pp. Contemporary quarter leather binding, brown leather backstrip over marbled paper boards. Gilt titling on leather spine label, raised bands, gilt rules and decorations to spine. Marbled endpapers and page edges. Frontispiece, and five full-page plates, various sigils and devices in-text. An unusual early nineteenth century French grimoire. While the title suggests that it is a compilation of the magical works of Agrippa, along with de Abano's Heptameron, it might more accurately be described as grimoire drawing from the work of Agrippa and de Abano, as in addition to material by them it includes text and illustrations that do not seem to be found in the work of either men, and are rather representative of the French grimoire tradition. The title page suggestion that it was published in Rome in 1744 is an obvious blind, as the publisher's imprint "Lille - imp. de Blocquel" appears in the bottom margin of the final leaf of the "Table" at the end, indicating that it was from the printery of Simon Blocquel (1780 -1863), bookseller, printer, and publisher of numerous grimoires. It is undated, but probably circa 1840. Binding lightly rubbed, and corners bruised. A printed page "Catalogue des Lives Rares et Curieux Sur La Magie" listing grimoires and tarot decks is tipped onto the blank facing the half-title page. Pages very lightly mottled. Still a lovely, VG + copy. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Weiser Antiquarian Books, Inc.]
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