Tractatus posthumus Jani Jacobi Boissardi Vesvuntini de Divinatione & Magicis Praestigiis, Quarum Veritas ac Vanitas Solide exponitur per Descriptionem Deorum Fatidicorum qui olim Responsa dederunt; eorundemque Prophetarum, Sacerdotum, Phoebadum,Sibyllarum & Divinorum, qui priscis Temporibus celebres Oraculis exstiterunt: Adjunctis simul...imo vero necessarium: Cum indice.
Engraving. Collector's stamp on verso. Plate 280 x 171mm. 11 x 6¾". Slightly time stained.
Frontispiece to a work on divination, necromancy, and magic; mainly based on earlier authors such as Trithemius. The work also details the different occult arts with themes such as lycanthropy, Simon Magnus, incubi and succubi. Jean Jacques Boissard (1528-1602) was a French antiquary and Latin poet. In Italy he developed a taste for antiquities and formed a collection of the most curious monuments from Rome and its vicinity.
Ex Collection: W.B. Dukes (architect, d.1942.) Lugt: 2757a.
[Ref: 20796] £160.00