De Miraculis Occultis Naturae, Libri IIII. Item de vita cumanimi: De Vita cum animi et corporis incolumitate recte instituenda Liber unus. Illi . . . iam postremum emendati, et . . . aucti: hic . . . nunquam antehac editus.

By: LEMNIUS (LEMMENS), Levinus (1505-1568).

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Small 8vo. [xvi], 868 [i.e. 871], [72] pp. With woodcut vignettes and initials, dedication to Paschasius Oenius, index; front leaves wormed at upper corner various through D5 (without loss), lower margins worn down [thumb-sized] at front [through D5] and rear [Ccc1-Nnn8], with added worming from the same point to rear, all confined to lower corner. Original full calf, raised bands, later maroon gilt-stamped spine label; neatly rebacked, with early printed leaves serving as endleaves. Housed within a [later] sturdy box and slip-case, with quarter calf spine and raised bands, gilt-stamped spine label. Good. BOOK OF SECRETS BY A STUDENT OF VESALIUS. Early edition of the author's Secrets of Nature. "His Occulta naturae miracula, a book of secrets, is his best-known work. It ran through many editions and was widely translated from Latin. It drew on classical sources, particularly Aristotle. Lemnius was influenced, too, by the "airs, waters, places" doctrine from the Hippocratic Corpus. The work attempted to reconcile natural philosophy as found in classical sources with Christian doctrine, particularly on generation and reproduction, while emphasizing extraordinary aspects. His humoral theory was complex, with phlegm being divided into four, and the other humours also being subdivided. He is credited with first mentioning in this work of staining of bone, with madder root. In the same work he gives credence to the theory of maternal impression; his theory of teratology connects the Aristotelian theory of generation with birth defects. He contributed to demonology, with Johann Weyer, by suggesting that mental illness and disturbance could be physically caused, rather than being a result of outside influence. He also credited Solomon with the invention of the magnetic compass." – Wikip. "His, De Miraculis Occultis Naturae (first edition, Antwerp (1559) considers the signs, sources and causes of the several wonders of nature. The book attempts to explain these by observation and reasoning but was aimed to demonstrate and glorify the vastness and perfection of God's Creation, with man as the summit, paying due tribute to the leading role of the soul. Tellingly, chapter xi is entitled 'The soul of man comes not from the parent's seed but is infused by God'. . . " – consult Horstmanshoff, Manfred, Helen King, and Claus Zittel [see below] for further discussion of this text]. Lemnius (1505-1568), Dutch physician and divine of Zierikzee, called "the hygienist of the century," studied medicine at the University of Leuven and under Vesalius at Padua, and was a friend of Rembert Dodoens and Konrad Gesner. He traveled to Switzerland and England. Though not free of superstition, Lemnius believed that food, exercise, medicine, and education had a greater influence on the human mind and body than the stars. In this work he also discusses the proper preparation of food, wines, adulteration, proper building of dwellings, as well as government responsibilities concerning safe drinking water and meat supplies, and the speedy burial of the dead. Caillet 470; Durling 2774; Fritz Ferchl, Chemisch-pharmazeutisches bio- und bibliographikon, (1937), 308; Osler 3209 (1581 ed.); Neville II, p. 48 (1593 ed.); Partington II, p. 113; Waller 10896 (1581 ed.); Wellcome (another ed.). See: Thorndike, History of Magic and Experimental Science, VI, pp. 393-94; Brian Keith Hall, Bones and Cartilage: developmental and evolutionary skeletal biology, 2005, p. 433; Paul Fleury Mottelay, A Bibliographical History of Electricity and Magnetism, 1922, p. 5; Horstmanshoff, Manfred, Helen King, and Claus Zittel, eds., Blood, Sweat and Tears: The Changing Concepts of Physiology from Antiquity into Early Modern Europe, Leiden: Brill, 2012, p. 423. First Edition.

Title: De Miraculis Occultis Naturae, Libri IIII. Item de vita cumanimi: De Vita cum animi et corporis incolumitate recte instituenda Liber unus. Illi . . . iam postremum emendati, et . . . aucti: hic . . . nunquam antehac editus.

Author Name: LEMNIUS (LEMMENS), Levinus (1505-1568).

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Publisher: Jenae:, Excudebat Tobias Steinman, 1588.: 1588

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Keywords: Occult