De Naturae divinis characterismis; sev Raris et admirandis spectaculis, causis, indiciis, proprietatibus rerum in partibus singulis vniuersi, Libri II.; Peculiarem partis vtriusque materiem vel argumentum sequens pagina planius explicabit
by GEMMA, Cornelius
Antwerp: Plantin, 1575. First. hardcover. With the famous Plantin device on both titles. 65 small woodblock prints, 6 of which are full-page, chiefly depicting human deformities and astronomical phenomena. At least 15 and probably all illustrations are by A. van Leest and G. Jansen van Kampen. Two volumes in one. 229, ; 284,  pages, with all text in Latin, save the last 2 pages before the index which are in Spanish. Short thick 8vo, contemporary limp vellum (some staining, various signatures on title page, and neat underlining and marginalia throughout; light staining at top margin in first half of part two). Antverpiæ: Ex Officina Christophori Plantini 1575. First and only edition. Very good. This book belongs to the same general category as that of Fracastore on the sympathy and antipathy of things, that of Fernel on the hidden causes of things, that of Levinus Lemnius on occult miracles of nature, that of Pomponazzi on incantations, and that of Peucer on divinations. Gemma treats of the species of divinity diffused throughout the world, of ideas and celestial rays, of the intricate form of mixture and proportions which produces occult virtues, of microcosm and macrocosm, of the sacred science of true magic, and of the order of relationship and similitude which is the bond of the universe. Although he attacks the vanity of astrology, he defends astrological medicine, interprets dreams, and treats of the marks of demons and of divine miracles. In the second book, medical matter is added concerning epidemics and pestilential fevers. Cornelius Gemma (1535-1579), son of the famous Gemma Frisius, was an astronomer, mathematician, and professor of medicine at Louvain. This and Ars Cyclognomica, printed by Plantin in 1569, are his principal works. -- Adams G-373; Voet 1243; Caillet 4450.
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