1644 - On Natural Magic, Alchemy and early Psychedelic Use
Giovanni Battista della Porta Magiae Naturalis libri viginti Lugd. Batavorum, 1644. Volume in duodecimo, 132x77mm with signature, lacking last blank. Beautiful engraved title page with 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 contemporary vellum with yapp edges. 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. Featured on Esoterica episodes!