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1580 Albertus Magnus SECRETS Magic Herbal Cures Potions Alchemy Michael Scot

“Do there exist many worlds, or is there but a single world? This is one of the most noble and exalted questions in the study of Nature.”

– Albertus Magnus

Albertus Magnus was a 13th-century Dominican friar known for his contributions to philosophy and natural sciences such as mathematics, astronomy, and metaphysics. His work represents the entirety of European knowledge from the 13th-century, particularly in pairing Aristotelian knowledge with Christian doctrine.

This exceedingly rare 16th-century printing is of the secrets of Albertus Magnus includes his theories on alchemy, magic, occult sciences, and herbal cures. In addition to Albert’s secrets of nature, this book contains philosophical works of Scottish scholar Michael Scot. Though, curiously, Albertus spoke critically of Scot saying “Scot, in very deed, knew not natural philosophy, nor rightly understood the books of Aristotle.” (Brown, 127).

Item number: #7841

Price: $950


Alberti Magni, de secretis mvliervm libellus, scholiis auctus, & à mendis repurgatus. Eiusdem de virtutibus herbarum, lapidum, & animalium quorundam libellus. Item de mirabilibus mundi, ac de quibusdam effectibus causatis à quibusdam animalibus, &c. Adiecimus & ob materiæ similitudinem Michaelis Scoti philosophi, De secretis naturæ opusculum.

Lvgdvni: Excudebat Ioannes Quadratus, 1580.



381, [17]

Signatures: A-Z⁸, A⁸ B⁴

References: USTC 206209; James Wood Brown, Enquiry into the Life and Legend of Michael Scot.

Provenance: Armorial Bookplate

Scrope Berdmore, D.D. Coll: Mert: Custos: 1790.

Scrope Berdmore (1744 – 1814) was an English academic administrator at the University of Oxford.

Berdmore was elected Warden of Merton College, Oxford in 1790, a post he held until 1810. While Warden at Merton College, Berdmore was also Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University from 1796 until 1797.

Language: Latin

Binding: Vellum; tight & secure

Size: ~7in X 5in (18cm x 13cm)


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1580 Albertus Magnus SECRETS Magic Herbal Cures Potions

Estimate $950 - $2,000Aug 25
Columbia, MO, USA