Albertus 1669 - Magnus - Medieval Natural Magic, On the Secrets of Women
A fantastic work on natural magic and the secrets of women. Drawing on Hippocratic, Galenic, and Aristotelian theories, this text discusses sexuality and reproduction from both a medical and philosophical perspective. Over eighty manuscript copies of the treatise have been identified, and it has been translated into multiple different languages over several centuries. It also explores the action of astrological forces on fetal development.
Also included in this volume the On the Secrets of Nature (Secretis Naturae) by the Scottish alchemist and alleged necromancer Michael Scot.
A wonderful volume of medieval magic and science!
Albertus Magnus De Secretis Mulierum Item De Virtutibus Herbarum Lapidum et Animalium (VG Orig 1669 Leather hc)
Pub 1669, dated on TP. NOT exLib. VG cond. original full brown leather boards w/ nice patina. Light bumping, rubbing & chipping to wear points. Front hinge beginning to show weakness, though remains intact. Light age discoloration to original eps w/ little or no foxing or soiling to textblock. Very nice b&w pict illustrated Title Page. Textblock binding sound. A nice copy of a rare title. 329pp + 6pp. Square, straight, tight & clean except as noted, overall VG aged condition.