1694 - Agrippa - Vanity of Arts and Sciences - English
Agrippa's notorius attack on knowledge including chapters on necromancy, goetia and cabala in English translation from Latin. An important and popular work from the author of the authoritative Three Books on Occult Philosophy. Nice sized edition with enlarged font and wonderful portrait of Agrippa. A real peice of hermetic history - beautiful edition in English!
Third printing of the second edition in English. 8vo. Engraved frontispiece portrait, pp., 368, [1 (final blank)]. Contemporary calf, rebacked in later calf lettered in gilt. Slight browning to margins, paper flaw to fore-edge margin of one leaf, but overall internally very good; neatly rebacked with minor repairs, edge wear. The third printing of the second English translation of Agrippa's De Incertitudine et Vanitate Scientiarum, originally published in Antwerp in 1530. The work was first translated into English in 1569, followed by this 17th-century translation in 1676, 1684, and 1694. Agrippa von Nettesheim (1486-1535), German occultist, astrologer and alchemist to Emperor Charles the Fifth of Germany. Agrippa enjoyed a varied, if somewhat insecure career as a physician, diplomat, teacher and soldier, arousing the enmity of the Inquisition for his defence of a witch. Wing (2nd edn) A792