1635 - First edition
of the greatest Theosopher.
De signatura rerum
Dast ist : Bezeichnung aller dingen,
wie das Innere vom Eusseren bezeichnet wird. Beschrieben im
Jahr nach Christi Geburt, MDCXXII
12mo, 403 pages.18th century paper binding slightly rubbed.
Interior complete and in very good condition. Small restoration
on titlepage.Contemporary underlinings of a german theosopher
in red ink throughout.
First edition. Text in German. Written
in 1622, this book was published for the first time 11 years
after the death of the author. All first editions of J.Bohme
are extremely rare , and the Signatura Rerum, the major work
of the famous mystic along with his Mysterium Magnum,
makes no exception. "Boehme describes God as the abyss,
the nothing and the all, the primordial depths from which the
creative will struggles forth to find manifestation and self-consciousness.
Evil is a result of the striving of single elements of Deity
to become the whole; conflict ensues as man and nature strive
to achieve God who, in himself, contains all antithetical principles."
"And then, secondly
we understand, that the signature or form is no spirit, but
the receptacle, container, or cabinet of the spirit, wherein
it lies; for the signature stands in the essence, and is as
a lute that liest still, and is indeed a dumb thing that is
neither heard or understood; but if it be played upon, then
its form is understood, in what form and tune it stands, and
according to what note it is set. Thus likewise the signature
of nature in its form is a dumb essence; it is as a prepared
instrument of music, upon which the will's spirit plays; what
strings he touches, they sound according to their property.
" . J.Bohme . De Signatura Rerum