Paris: Jean Boudot, 1709. Edition Augmenté. Hardcover, 12mo, [xvi] 422, 34 [viii] pp. Collation: A-V12 [frontispiece is included in the first gathering, but the lettering starts on the title page] Contemporary full white parchment, with gilt stamped red leather title label to spine. Raised bands, marbled endpapers, speckled page edges. Green silk book mark bound in. 23 engraved copper plates plus frontipiece (as called for). Caillet 10986. French Language. The first book to be published in French on the divining rod and dowsing, it includes wonderful engravings of the methods of divining, as well as scientific instruments and astrological charts etc. The first edition was published in Paris 1693, with 14 woodcuts. A new edition was published by Adriaan Braakman in Amsterdam in 1696, with 23 copper plates and with a separately paginated "book" at the rear on magnetic causes of ailments, cures, preparation of philtres, etc. This 1709 Paris edition appears to follow the 1696 Dutch printings.
This copy formerly in the Library of the Supreme Council 33o of the Ancient and Accepted Rite [Masonic] in London, with their small engraved bookplate (circa 19th century) on the front paste-down (note there are no stamps or other library markings). Beautifully printed owner's name and Masonic device of John Charles Sandeman on third blank. Boards a little darkened. Some quite extensive early underlining to the separate book "des causes magnétiques" and "Table" at the end, the text of the main volume is clean and unmarked. VG+. Item #2322