AGRIPPA, Heinrich Cornelius (1486-1535). Three Books of Occult Philosophy. Translated by John French. London: R.W. for Gregory Moule, 1651. 4o (182 x 137mm). Engraved portrait of Agrippa as frontispiece, folding woodcut plate of Hebrew, Greek and Latin letters preceding M2, numerous woodcuts of cabalistic signs and diagrams, some nearly full-page. (Marginal soiling, a few pages a bit frayed at extreme margins.) FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH of Agrippa's De occulta philosophia, originally published in 1533 and constituting "the first clear and useful survey of the field of Renaissance magic, with its peculiar blend of Hermeticism, Neo-Platonism, cabalism, natural philosophy and Chritianity" (Norman). Mellon 99; Osler 1747; Wellcome II, 18; Wing A-789; Norman 23.
Pseudo-AGRIPPA. His Fourth Book of Occult Philosophy. Translated by Robert Turner. London: J.C. for John Harrison, 1655. 4o (166 x 124mm). Numerous woodcut diagrams and symbols in the text. (Soiling, a few headlines and catchwords just shaved by binder.) Together 2 works in one volume. 19th-century blue half roan, edges stained red (wear to edges and corners.) A spurious continuation of the previous work, first published in 1565. Mellon 120; Wellcome p.18; Wing A-785; Norman 24.
Provenance: Signature of "Ric[hard] Long," a 17th-century owner (of the first work only), beneath two manuscript stanzas of verse on b2, with his EXTENSIVE ANNOTATIONS, ADDITIONS AND MARGINALIA in brown and red inks, occupying four blank pages at the front of the book and the margins of virtually every printed page, attesting an extremely close reading of the work; inscription of "David Joannes Apothecary in Greek St. Soho Square" dated 16 May 1766 on recto of engraved frontispiece of the first work, who may have been the 18th-century owner who supplied EXTENSIVE MANUSCRIPT NOTES AND CHARTS (astrological charts, "Characters of the Angels," "A figure to preserve the sight" etc.) on inserted leaves (1 in the first work, 6 in the second, 11 at the end); 19th-century bookplate of Bernard Edward, Duke of Norfolk.