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Hermes, Trismegistus. Il Pimandro di Mercurio Trimegisto, tradotto da Tommaso Benci in lingua fiorentina. In Firenze: [Lorenzo Torrentino], 1548

8vo, 168x102 mm; Quarter vellum binding, gilt titles and ornaments on the spine, corners, blue edges, pp. 24, 119, 17; Italic type. Printer's device on title page, (the Medici coat of arms with motto: Videbunt iusti et latabuntur). Nice copy.


First and rare Italian edition. The story of Mercury or Hermes Trismegistus is already present in the tradition of ancient Egypt which was likened to the god Thoth, the scribe of Osiris, the inventor of the sciences. To him they were awarded numerous alchemical texts known in the Greek world - Egyptian, and his name was added to the attribute Trismegistus or "thrice great." His mystical precepts were collected in Poimandres, a treatise on the creation. From the author's name, this particularly esoteric philosophy is called "hermetic" to mean a perfect closure. The text of Pymander, was known only since the Renaissance. Its discovery was one of the most important facts regarding the development of alchemy. The doctrine contained in the text, after the Greek alchemical environments - Egyptians, penetrated in the humanities, and was the origin of a new Magical philosophy, interesting characters like Pico della Mirandola and Aurelio Augurelli. This, however, was only published in 1548 on request of the publisher Carlo Lenzoni, one of the most committed intellectuals in the Florentine cultural events of his time.

Cfr. : Caillet, II, p. 254, n. 5092 (“Très rare, superbe edition”); Bibl. Magica Casanatense, n. 599; Duveen, 290 (“…beautifully printed by the famous Torrentino press in roman type.”); Ferguson, I, 389; Moreni, Annali della tip. di Lorenzo Torrentino, p. 219; Gamba, n. 1291 - 1515 : « Bella edizione in carattere tondo e la prima che abbia fatto di libri volgari l'elegante tipografo Lorenzo Torrentino »; Moreni pag. 69 : « Rara edizione », Adams H 350.The Lot is offered with a valid export licence.

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HERMES, Trismegistus. Il Pimandro

Estimate €2,000 - €3,000May 18, 2017