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VAUGHAN, Thomas (1622--1666)
Magia Adamica: or the antiquitie of magic, and the descent thereof from Adam downwards, proved. Whereunto is added a perfect, and full discoverie of the true cœlum terræ, or the magician's heavenly chaos, and first matter of all things. By Eugenius Philalethes.
London: printed by T.W. for H. Blunden, 1650.
[26], 140 p. ; 13.3 cm. (8º)

'Eugenius Philalethes' was the pseudonym of the hermetic philsopher and alchemist Thomas Vaughan, the younger twin brother of Henry Vaughan the 'Silurist' poet. This tract was probably intended to be issued with his The man-mouse taken in a trap, and tortur'd to death for gnawing the margins of Eugenius Philalethes, 1650 (ESTC r203907), which has an errata leaf for both works. Some copies including the Soane copy described in the above collation are without the additional dedication 'To my Learned and much Respected friend, Mr. Mathew Harbert.' dated 'From Heliopolis 1650. Some ten dayes after the Presse was deliverd of my Adversaire's Mauro-Mango.' and verses 'On the Author's Vindication, and Replie to the scurvie, scribling, scolding Alazonomastix.', signed 'P.B. A.M. Oxoniens.', apparently added later ([8] pp., sig. 2A4). 'Alazonomastix Philalethes' was the pseudonym of the Cambridge Platonist Henry More, who had attacked Vaughan's earlier tracts Anthroposophia theomagica and Anima magica abscondita, issued in 1650. Thomason E.1299[1]; Wing V151; ESTC r203905.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting pp. 139--140, containing the final verse 'And now my Book, ...'.

Binding C19th half maroon calf, marbled-paper boards, gilt double-ruled spine, green spine-label.

Reference Number 4537


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