Mosaicall Philosophy. Grounded upon the Essential Truth or Eternal Sapienc.
FLUDD, Robert .
Humphrey: London, 1659. First English Edition. Hardcover, Folio, (ii) + 300pp. Later marbled morocco boards, with gilt stamped leather title label. A landmark work. The First English language edition of one of the first books to be published in English on what is sometimes termed 'the Hermetic Kabbalah.' Robert Fludd (1574 - 1637), was a prominent English physician, a Rosicrucian with an interest in astrology, natural magic and mysticism, he was greatly influenced by the teachings of Paracelsus. In the Mosaicall Philosophy, Fludd combines core Platonist thought with a fusion of alchemy and Kabbalah, in a great metaphysical exploration. From the collection of Robert Oscar Lenkiewicz (1941 - 2002), the noted British artist, eccentric, and student and collector of works on Hermetica and the arcane sciences. The title page darkened and a little chipped and has been laid down and remounted, approx. half of the second leaf is lacking and has been carefully replaced in beautifully penned contemporary manuscript, as have pp. 43 - 46, & 273 -274. There is a thumb-sized chip from the margin of pages 207/208 affecting a couple of the marginal captions, but not the text itself. A few old ink stains, small repairs, and general signs of use. Pages darkened throughout, although they remain supple and are tight in their later binding. A nice, albeit well-used copy of an extremely scarce book. (Item ID: 38811)