Centuriae IX. Memorabilium, Utilium, Ac Jucundorum in Aphorismos, Arcanorum omnis genris locupletes, perulcre digestae...
by MIZAULDO, Antonio [Mizaldus or Mizauld].
Frankfurt:: Nicolas Hoffmann, 1613., 1613. // Small 8vo. 3 parts in 1 vol. )(8, 2)(8, A-Q8, R8, S-2E8. [Note S1 mis-labeled "A"1]. 2E7+8 are blanks. Pagination: , 443, ,  pp. Some misnumbering of pages. Printer's device on each of three titles; light paper toning, occasional stains. Contemporary limp vellum, manuscript spine title; lacks ties, rear joint partly torn. Bookplate (signed by Fritz Laber) of Dr. Carl Wurth; early ownership signatures on ffep and title [Ernnet Casparus Maismis/Placs? – difficult to read]. Very good. First issued in 1572. "The first compiler I have to mention is the French naturalist, Antoine Mizauld, or Antonius Mizaldus, who was born at Monlucon in Bourbonnois, early in the sixteenth century. He studied medicine in Paris, graduated and entered upon practice, in which he was so successful, as to have merited the epithet of the French Aesculapius. Under Oronce Fine, he acquired skill in astrology, working it as a branch of medicine, after the custom of those days. He was summoned to the Court, was a friend of Princess Marguerite de Valois, and was a man of some rank. Persuaded that he had a nobler mission than that of healing, he relinquished his profession to devote himself to investigating the secrets of nature and to writing books. In the latter he succeeded, but in spite of his endeavours, nature kept her secrets still undivulged. He was devoted to astronomy and astrology, but escaped the pitfall of alchemy. After what must have been a laborious life, he died in 1578." – Ferguson, Secrets, IV, 3-4. VD17 23:237596H. // "Mizaldus was born at Monlucon, in the Bourbonnais, studied at Bourges and Paris, where he graduated, and devoted himself to medical practice, in which he acquired much success and renown by the extraordinary cures which he effected. He was also distinguished in Mathematics and Philosophy, but when he was at the height of his fame he withdrew from practice to devote himself to the study of science and the wonders and secrets of Nature, upon which he wrote many books. Nicerons gives a list of forty-one on meteorology, comets, astronomy (astrology), cosmography, sympathy and antipathy, almanacks, mathematics, agriculture, gardening, notable things, secrets of the moon, etc., etc. He died at Paris in 1578. Thanus commends him for his learning and judgment. Other critics, however, have taken a much less favorable view of his work, La Monnoye finding fault with his Latinity, Niceron complaining of his books being stuffed with false ad useless notions, and Teissier quoting the opinion of the author of the Diversitez Curieuses, ii, p. 11, who expresses his surprise at people being simple enough to put any belief in the 'Centuriae,' seeing that the book is full of trifles and superstitious nonsense, of which he gives an example. . . The 'Centuriae' were first printed at Paris in 1566, and repeatedly afterwards. Editions appeared at Cologne in 1572, 1573, 1574 which are of special interest, for they contain reprints of Pizimenti's translation of the writing of Democritus, Synesius, and Pelagius on Alchemy." – Ferguson II, (1906) [for 1592 printing]. // PROVENANCE: Dr. Carl Wurth, was an instructor at the Normal School, Dusseldorf, Germany. He was also a book collector. In 1922 a translation of a work he published was entitled, "Intelligence Test and Promotions." Bookplate by Fritz Laber [fl.1918], German artist, designed the bookplate. Bookplate: Roundel portrait bust of a man dressed in Renaissance clothing holding a glass retort in his right hand and resting his left hand across a book. Surrounded by cherubs and alchemical apparatus, ca.1916. // Ferguson, Book of Secrets, IV, 6; John Ferguson, Bibliotheca Chemica, a Catalogue of the Alchemical, Chemical and Pharmaceutical Books in the Collection of the late James Young of Kelly and Durris, Glasgow, (1906), II, pp. 96-97; Durling 3187; Duveen 407 (1574 ed.); Jacques Rosenthal, Bibliotheca Magica et Pneumatica, 2990; BL German 17th C. imprints M1167; Krivatsy/NLM 7942; Wellcome I, 4363. FULL TITLE: Centuriae IX. Memorabilium, Utilium, Ac Jucundorum in Aphorismos, Arcanorum omnis genris locupletes, perulcre digestae...Accessit His Appendix Nonnullorum Secretorum, Experimentorum, Antidotorumq(uae); contra varios morbos, tam ex libris manuscriptis quam typis excusis, collecta. Seorsum Excusa, Harmonia Coelestium Corporum & humanorum, dialogis undecim Astronomice & Medice...Item Memorabilium aliquot naturae Arcanorum Sylvula, variarum Sympathias & Antipathias... [With:] Harmonia caelestium corporum et humanorum. . .
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