11-18-2012 11-18-2012
Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Boston MA
2621B Boston
November 18, 2012 11:00 AMCalender

Porta, Giovanni Battista della (1535-1615) Magiae Naturalis Libri Viginti

Auction: Books & Manuscripts - 2621B Location: Boston Date / Time: November 18, 2012 11:00AM


Porta, Giovanni Battista della (1535-1615) Magiae Naturalis Libri Viginti. Frankfurt: Wechel, 1591.
Octavo, ink inscriptions to title, paper toned, bound in German blind-tooled pigskin over wooden boards with intact clasps, originally bound with patches to the covering material, peeling slightly, otherwise an intact binding.
Porta was in the first generation of polymath early modern scientists. His work is a collection of notable and largely unexplained qualities of the natural world. Optics, magnetism, medicine, poison, alchemy, earthquakes, fossils, early scientists had many things that needed understanding. Porta, by collecting and presenting the inexplicable, takes the first step in that direction.
Estimate $700-900


Giovanni Battista, Frankfurt