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MAIER, Michael. Atalanta fugiens, hoc est, emblemata nova de secretis naturae chymica, accomodata partim oculis & intellectui, figuris cupro incisis, adjectisque sententiis, epigrammatis & notis, partim auribus & recreationi animi plus minus 50 fugis musicalibus. Oppenheim: Hieronymus Galler for Johann Theodor de Bry, 1618.
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MAIER, Michael. Atalanta fugiens, hoc est, emblemata nova de secretis naturae chymica, accomodata partim oculis & intellectui, figuris cupro incisis, adjectisque sententiis, epigrammatis & notis, partim auribus & recreationi animi plus minus 50 fugis musicalibus. Oppenheim: Hieronymus Galler for Johann Theodor de Bry, 1618.

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MAIER, Michael. Atalanta fugiens, hoc est, emblemata nova de secretis naturae chymica, accomodata partim oculis & intellectui, figuris cupro incisis, adjectisque sententiis, epigrammatis & notis, partim auribus & recreationi animi plus minus 50 fugis musicalibus. Oppenheim: Hieronymus Galler for Johann Theodor de Bry, 1618.

Small 4° (201 x 156mm). Engraved title and 50 emblems by Matthias Merian the elder, each emblem accompanied by one of the 50 pieces of music, the 'fugues' mentioned on the title-page. (Margins of title faintly finger-soiled, without final blank, one or two spots.) Crimson morocco by F. Bedford, panelled in gilt, gilt turn-ins, gilt edges. Provenance: HENRY HUTH (1915-1878) (bookplate) – Allan Heywood Bright (bookplate).

FIRST EDITION, second issue (only the date altered from 1617), without the portrait of the author on p.11. ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS WORKS IN THE HISTORY OF ALCHEMICAL LITERATURE. Maier was a celebrated alchemist and physician at the court of the Emperor Rudolf II in Prague. 'The Atalanta Fugiens is generally regarded as Maier's rarest work and it is also the most sought after, for the splendid engravings which belong to the finest samples of Hermetical illustration' (Duveen, attributing the engravings to Theodore de Bry). Duveen p. 381; Ferguson II p. 62; Landwehr German 409; Wellcome 3980.
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