Jocus Severus, A Serious Joke; (A Serious Joke, that is, The Equitable Tribunal by which the Owl is pronounced Queen of Birds by the Phoenix acting as judge, after various disquisitions and complaints made by birds attacking her; and in which she is recognized as consecrated to Pallas Athena because of her serious widsom). Michael MAIER, , Darius Klein.

Jocus Severus, A Serious Joke; (A Serious Joke, that is, The Equitable Tribunal by which the Owl is pronounced Queen of Birds by the Phoenix acting as judge, after various disquisitions and complaints made by birds attacking her; and in which she is recognized as consecrated to Pallas Athena because of her serious widsom)

Seattle, WA: Ouroboros Press, 2010 [ 2011 ]. First English language. Hardcover. Octavo. 142pp (ii), vi adverts. Original beige cloth with black title to spine and upper board and black Ouroboros design on upper board. Illustrated with a b&w folding plate titled Alchemical Aviary as a frontispiece.The standard cloth edition of this first English translation of Michael Maier's Jocus Severus which had been rendered into English from the original Latin by Darius Klein. The work has been illustrated and ornamented by Benjamin Vierling and printed after the 1617 edition. This alchemical text employs allegory in an entertaining dialogue between several species of birds who are determined to defame the Owl with wordy complaints. The Hawk acts as the Owl's defense while the Phoenix acts as final judge and arbiter over this 'conference of birds.' New. Fine in Fine dust jacket. Item #39923

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