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FLUDD, Robert (1547-1637). Works, comprising:
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Volume I: Utriusque cosmi maioris scilicet et minoris metaphysica, physica atque technica historia. [i.e. Vol. 1 (Macrocosmi), part 1.] Engraved title of the Macrocosmus incorporating a Vitruvian Man, double-page engraved folding plate ‘Integrae naturae speculum artisque imago’, engraved illustrations in the text, that of the primordial world on p.41 folding. – De Naturae Simia. [i.e. Vol. 1, part 2.] Engraved title of an ape in the centre of a wheel of arts and sciences, folding engraved plate of a musical temple, 4 double-page plates of military formations, engraved and woodcut text-illustrations. Oppenheim: Hieronymus Gallerus for Johan Theodorus de Bry, 1617-1618 [but, the second edition, Frankfurt: Caspar Rötelius for de Bry, 1624].
Volume II: De Supernaturali, naturali, praternaturali et contranaturali microcosmi historia. [i.e. Vol. 2 (Microcosmi), part 1, section 1.] Oppenheim: Hieronymus Gallerus for de Bry, 1619. Engraved title incorporating a Vitruvian Man, 2 double-page engraved folding plates ‘Catoptrum Meteorographicum’ and of the Diapason, neither of which present in the Macclesfield (Maggs cat. 1429/80) or Royal Institution (Christie’s 1 December 2015, lot 230) copies. – De technica microcosmi historia. [i.e. Vol. 2, part 1, section 2, portions 1-7]. Title to section 2 with large engraved vignette of a naked man standing on a circle with representations of the seven portions ‘De technica microcosmi’ (misbound between b4 and c1), with 7 further portion titles, 6 of which with large engraved vignettes. – De Praeternaturali utriusque mundi historia. [i.e. Vol. 2, part 2. Frankfurt: Erasmus Kempffer for de Bry, 1621.] One double-page engraved plate ‘Causarum Universalium Speculum’ (misbound at the beginning of vol. 2, pt 1), engraved and woodcut text-illustrations, one full-page. – Anatomiae amphiteatrum. De Anatomia triplici. [i.e. Vol. 2, part 3]. Frankfurt: Erasmus Kempffer for de Bry, 1623. Half-title (not present in the Macclesfield or Royal Institution copies), additional engraved title with portrait of de Bry on verso, engraved and woodcut text-illustrations; [the work continued, with continuous pagination, as:] Monochordum mundi symphoniacum. [i.e. Vol. 2, part 4]. Frankfurt: Erasmus Kempffer for de Bry, 1623 [the first folio edition thus]. Woodcut title device and a few text diagrams – Philosophia sacra et vere Christiana seu Meteorologica Cosmica. [i.e. Vol. 2 part 5]. Frankfurt: in Officina Bryana, 1626. Title within engraved frame of 8 sections, engraved text-illustrations, one of which folding. [Bound with:] – Veritatis proscenium... seu Demonstratio quaedam analytica. Frankfurt: Erasmus Kempffer for de Bry, 1621.
Volume III: Medicina Catholica, seu mysticum artis medicandis sacrarium. [i.e. Vol. 3, part 1]. Frankfurt: by Caspar Rötelius for Wilhelm Fitzer, 1629. Engraved text-illustrations. This bound after: – Integrum morborum mysterium, sive Medicinae Catholicae [i.e. Vol. 3, part 2, section 1]. [Frankfurt: Wolfgang Hofmann in officina Wilhelm Fitzer, 1631]. Double-page engraved plate ‘Hostilis monumenti salutis invadendi typus’, engraved and woodcut text-illustrations. – ?a??????? medicorum ?at?pt???. [i.e Vol. 3, part 2, section 2]. Anno: 1631. Engraved plates ‘Horae diurnae’ and ‘Causarum universalium speculum’, this latter folding, engraved text-illustrations, one of an astrological circle of crises folding, engraved vignette of an astrologer casting a horoscope for a boy on fly-title to ‘Ouromantia, hoc est divinatio per urinam’ (p. 233), and of a man holding a urine specimen on fly-title to Ouromantia physiologica’ (p. 255), double-page folding typographical table ‘Caput X’ with woodcut diagram. [Bound with:] – De Sophiae cum moria certamen. [i.e. part 1]. [Frankfurt: Wolfgang Hofmann for William Fitzer] Anno: 1629. Engraved folding plate of the Diapason, a repeat of that found in vol. 1, part 1, section 1. [And:] – Summum Bonum. [i.e. part 2] [Frankfurt: Wolfgang Hofmann for William Fitzer] Anno: 1629. Title with engraved emblem of the rose that gives honey to the bees. [Bound with:] – Pulsus seu nova et arcana pulsuum historiae. [i.e. Vol. 3, part 3]. [Frankfurt: Wolfgang Hofmann in officina Wilhelm Fitzer, 1631.] Title with engraved vignette of a hand from the clouds taking a pulse from a fore-arm, woodcut and engraved text-illustrations. [With:] – Clavis philosophiae et alchymiae fluddanae. Frankfurt: [Wolfgang Hofmann for] W. Fitzer, 1633. Title with engraved emblem of the rose that gives honey to the bees.

16 works in 3 volumes, 2° (305 x 183mm). Illustrated throughout [see details under each title]. (Bound without the final fourth part of the Medicina Catholica entitled Medicamentosum Apollinis oraculum, 1630, and without the Phylosophia Moysaica and Responsum ad Hoplocrisma-Spongum, both published later in Gouda by Peter Rammazenius, 1638; lacking A2 from vol. II, pt1, four preliminary leaves from vol. II, pt 2, and the half-title ‘Aer Arca Dei…’ from vol. II, pt 4, with early ink manuscript note to this effect on verso of the engraved title; Integrum morborum mysterium lacking the engraved title with portrait of author and with gatherings B-D4 repaired and remargined, folding plate ‘Causarum universalium speculum’ torn at creasefold but without loss; Pulsus without the folding engraved plate of a single-stringed instrument demonstrating the Diapason; some titles and plates trimmed close just into images, some folding plates remargined, without some blanks, browning and spotting, sometimes heavy, some short tears, occasional marginal dampstaining, some minor worming at beginning of vol. I and to final part at end of vol. III.) Contemporary calf, gilt spines, red morocco gilt spine labels. (extremities rubbed, small split and associated hole to fourth spine compartment of vol. I, some rubbing, sometime refurbished). Provenance: early ink ownership inscription deleted on verso of first title in vol. I — early ownership inscriptions on titles overwritten by: — J.H. Cohauss, MD (ink ownership inscriptions on titles) — Johann Anton, Freihern von Graes of Loburg and Diepenbrock (ownership inscriptions dated 1744 and 1748 on titles).

A RARE, UNIFORMLY-BOUND SET OF HERMETIC WORKS BY FLUDD, richly illustrated with designs attributed to de Bry, Merian and Fludd. The Macrocosm and Microcosm volumes, Fludd’s masterpieces, include the rare De Praeternaturali utriusque mundi historia (i.e. the second part of volume 2) which is seldom found bound with the others. Fludd sought a new understanding of nature based on Christian principles and interpreted the Genesis as a divine alchemical process. He believed the eternal truths of the Scriptures and the mysteries of the ancient occultist carried far more weight than the evidence of the senses and that humans are linked to divinity through nature. The Macrocosm is 'a presentation of Renaissance Magia and Cabala, with the addition of Alchymia as developed by Paracelsus and the developments introduced by John Dee into these traditions... [it is] a Rosicrucian philosophy, a Renaissance philosophy brought up to date' (Yates, The Rosicrucian Enlightenment, p. 80). The Veritatis proscenium is Fludd’s reply to Kepler’s criticism of Microcosm. Caillet 4033, 4036, 4042; Duveen p.222-3; Fischer and Haberlandt pp.47-48; Houzeau & Lancaster 2965-2969; Wellcome 2324-2332. The number of plates varies between copies, and different copies are seldom identical in make-up. This set is sold not subject to return.
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