Quantity: 1 available
Two works in one. 4to. 8, 344; 134,  pp. Engraved frontispiece with Ludeman at a table studying his book with zodiac symbols in a cloud formation above him. Contemporary calf-backed paper-covered boards, gilt spine bands; title-label lacking, spine head and foot and extremities worn. Internally very good. "JOHAN CHRISTOPH LUDEMAN: In the eighteenth century the astrologist and uroscopist Johan Christoph Ludeman was without any doubt the most renowned irregular healer in the Netherlands. Apart from a few lacunae, the course of his life is fairly well known. He related much about himself and his mistress address a few odd details, as did several contemporaries. A recent biographical sketch sums up many of the known details. Ludeman was born in 1683 in the small North German town of Harburg. When he was 30 years old the local, very orthodox Lutheran clergy, who strongly disapproved of his sympathies for the ideas of Paracelsus and Jacob Bohme, forced him to leave his home town. In the sixteenth century the German physician Paracelsus had argued that every physician should be familiar with astrology and should have knowledge of minerals and metals, and from the works of the mystic Jacob Bohme, Ludeman learned how to become a reborn Christian. These convictions brought with them great problems in his Lutheran home town, and in any case his neighbours disdained him because he habitually abused his wife Dorothea. In 1711 Ludeman went bankrupt, which further exacerbated his situation. Two years later he arrived in Amsterdam." "Shortly after his arrived in Amsterdam Ludeman started to practice as a uroscopist and astrologist, without asking the Collegium medicum or the burgemeesters for permission. Around the same time he met Brita Beyer, a Swedish woman who shared his admiration for Bohme. She soon became his mistress and took up residence with the Ludeman family. Together the healer and his new companion abused Ludeman's wife who eventually ran away in 1721, and five years later their separation was made official." There was a public scandal and he and his girlfriend wrote some pamphlets, causing the Collegium medicum to demand seeing his university diploma â€“ which he did not have. For this he had to appear in court and his business declined. From there he went to the University of Hardewijk to obtain an easy degree. By 1728 he 'bought' his doctorate, offering a dissertation on seven forms of dropsy, each form being governed by the seven planets. "By then Ludeman's escapades had become the subject of a number of sarcastic libels and even of a farce. The healer was widely exposed as a mof, a fraud, quack, money grubber, adulterous hypocrite and wife beater." Despite prosecuting him and being backed with the testimony of three patients who had been given exorbitant bills for treatments, the Collegium medicum had to decide in his favor since the patients themselves had both followed his prescriptions and accepted his medications. Thereafter his business thrived. There exist today seventeen examples of his prescriptions and they show his pattern of treatment. He mentions the relevant planets, applies this to the illness and its causes, without mentioning the patient's name or anything of their background. "Although he completely lacked any formal training and despite the fact that the physicians of the Collegium medicum strongly disapproved of his therapies, he overcame their opposition by acquiring the impregnable defense that a university degree could offer." â€“ Marijke Gijswit-Hofstra, Illness and Healing, (1997). Franciscus L. Kersteman (1728-1793), a congenial spirit who became both rich and famous due to fortune-telling, was a friend and biographer of Ludeman. He posthumously published fortunes under Ludeman's name. References: Louis David Petit; Th. J. I. Arnold, Catalogus der bibliotheek van de Maatschappij der Nederlandse Letterkunde te Leiden: Brill, 1887, page 19; Catalogus Der Boekerik Van Het Prinvinciaal Genootschap van Kunsten en Wetenschappen in Noord-Brabant. 's Hertogenbosch: Gebroeders Muller, 1879, (no. 94) p. 169.
Title: Triumph-Zaal, van Astrologische Voorzeggingen; of de Nieuwe Spiegel der Waereld...Op last van den Astrologist Ludeman tot nog toe verzegelt, en begraven gebleven, om eerst 30 Jaren na zynen dood waereldkundig gemaakt te worden MDCCLXXXVII. [with]: Sleutel van Meester Franciscus, Op het Astrologisch werk van Docter Ludeman, getyeld Triumph-Zaal...
Publisher: Arnhem et al:, Moeleman et al, 1787-88.: 1787
lbs: 3.00 lbs
Seller ID: LV1985