1607 - On Natural Magic, Alchemy and early Psychedelic Use
Giovanni Battista della Porta Magiae Naturalis libri viginti, 1607. octavo. Woodcut printer's device to the title, woodcut illustrations. Toned. Old vellum, mounted spine label. twenty-three woodcuts throughout. They represent a range of experiments in natural magic including mathematics, alchemical distillation and the use of lenses to ignite a fire. Bound in vellum with mounted spine label. Early Latin edition of the 20 books of natural magic in fine condition. Classic volume on natural magic featuring a range of magical, alchemical and proto-scientific experiments including a very early recipe for recreational psychedelic drug use. Perhaps one of the most popular works on natural magic. A lovely early edition with over 20 woodcuts and in fine shape. Opens nicely and featured on Esoterica episodes!