1664 - Natural Magic (Magia Naturalis - Giambattista della Porta
Classic volume on natural magic featuring a range of magical experiments including a very early recipe for recreational psychedelic drug use. Perhaps one of the most popular works on natural magic.
MAGIAE NATURALIS, LIBRI VIGINTI. by PORTA (Giambattista della) - Amstelodami, Apud Elizeum Weyerstraten, Anno 1664.. NATURAL MAGICK IN 20 BOOKS, 1664. Latin text, 12mo, approximately 140 x 70 mm, 5½ x 3 inches, engraved frontispiece dated 1664, 20 illustrations in the text of varying sizes, decorated initials in places, pages: , 1-670, [22 pages of index], misnumbering in places, nothing missing, bound in full contemporary vellum, lacking all but one ties. Outer and lower margins of frontispiece repaired, no loss to image, small rust hole to page 252, affecting 5 letters, pale stain to title page with slight thinning to paper, strengthened on blank verso, slight worming to pastedowns, otherwise a very good copy.