PORTA, GIOVANNI BATTISTA. Natural Magick...in Twenty Books...Wherein are set forth All the Riches and Delights of the Natural Sciences. London: T. Young and S. Speed, 1658. Small folio, contemporary calf, edges a little worn with a few repairs; hinges cracked, engraved title soiled, a few marginal tears and chips. FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH. Title printed in red and black; engraved additional title by R. Gaywood showing portrait and 8 symbolic figures in panels. Wing P2982.

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PORTA, GIOVANNI BATTISTA. Natural Magick...in Twenty Books...Wherein are set forth All the Riches and Delights of the Natural Sciences. London: T. Young and S. Speed, 1658. Small folio, contemporary calf, edges a little worn with a few repairs; hinges cracked, engraved title soiled, a few marginal tears and chips. FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH. Title printed in red and black; engraved additional title by R. Gaywood showing portrait and 8 symbolic figures in panels. Wing P2982.

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Compendium of 16th century acience and pseudo-science, including sections on counterfeiting gold, transmuting metals, beautifying women, strange cures, perfuming, cookery, invisible writing, and more.
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