Physica Curiosa, sive, Mirabilia Naturæ et Artis Libris XII. comprehensa, Quibus pleraque, quæ de Angelis, Dæmonibus, Hominibus, Spectris, Energumensis, Monstris, Portentis, Animalibus, Meteoris, &c. rara, arcana, curiosaque circumferuntur, ad Veritatis trutinam expenduntur, Variis ex Historia ac Philosophia petitis disquisitionibus, excutiuntur, & innumeris exemplis illustrantur…
by SCHOTT, Gaspar
Finely engraved title, full-page engraved coat-of-arms on verso of printed title, & 57 engraved plates (several folding). Printed title in red & black. 28 p.l. (incl. engraved title), 770, , 771-1583,  pp., 12 leaves. Two parts in one vol. Thick 4to, cont. vellum over boards (light browning). Würzburg: J.A. Endter & Wolffgang Jr., 1662. First edition, and a fine copy, of this voluminous work, one of the best of the 17th century on the wonders of animate nature and physical phenomena. The first volume is dedicated to the wonders of the human race (monsters, etc.) but contains also one of the most complete treatises on demonology, including angels and ghosts. The second volume treats animals and atmospherical phenomena, richly illustrated with plates. There are of course numerous references to electricity, lightning and thunder. The text also deals extensively with meteors and other heavenly bodies, astrology, witchcraft, portents, and medicine; the section on animals is important for its information on South American mammals. Schott (1608-66), a Jesuit and disciple of Kircher, rendered definite services to scientific investigation by his correspondence with numerous experimenters and mechanicians and by publicizing the achievements of contemporary physicists. Very nice copy. Bookplate of Docteur François Moutier. ❧ Caillet 10004-(calling for 42 plates only). Thorndike, VII, Chap. 21.
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