1752 : Grimoire of Albertus Magnus - Extremely rare.

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SECRETS
MERVEILLEUX
DE LA MAGIE NATURELLE
ET CABALISTIQUE
DU PETIT ALBERT

ALBERTI PARVI LUCII
Libellus de mirabilibus Naturae Arcanis

M. DCC. LII.

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1752. A Lyon. Chez les Héritiers de Beringos Fratres à l'Enseigne d'Agrippa

16mo. 245 (6) pages. Several engravings in full page and in the text, including a large folding plate. Title in red & black. Contemporary full calf binding with red morocco label, on hinge split on 5 cm. Marbled edges and enpapers.

Interior complete and in good condition.

One of the most famous grimoires ever printed. Like the "Grand Albert", this "Petit Albert" is spuriously attributed to Albertus Magnus but is probably a later creation.

However, unlike the "Grand Albert", the grimoire openly deals in ceremonial black magic, what is almost unique for a book printed before 1800. The text is illustrated by many explicit engravings and tables. Although there were several printings during the 18th Century , that kind of edition has become extremely hard to find and is avidly sought after.

 

 

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