An Enquiry into the Life and Legend of Michael Scot. J. Wood BROWN, Rev.

An Enquiry into the Life and Legend of Michael Scot.

Edinburgh: David Douglas, 1897. First edition. Hardcover. large 8vo. xvi + 282 pp. + 14 page publisher's catalog. Gilt ruled plum cloth with gilt titling to spine, top edge gilt, frontis with tissue guard, appendixes and index. The most important of the early biographical works on Michael Scot (1175-1232?), philosopher at the Court of the Holy Roman Emperor, mathematician, alchemist, astrologer, and astronomer, renowned throughout medieval Europe for his writings and translations. His interest in the hermetic sciences, soon gained him a reputation as a "wizard" or "black magician", particularly in Scotland. One popular legend has it that he once turned a coven of witches to stone, which became the stone circle of Long Meg and Her Daughters in Cumbria. Dante, in his Inferno, consigned Scot to a place with the soothsayers and magicians in the eighth layer of Hell, whilst Boccaccio referred to him as a 'great master in necromancy.' At his death he left a number of works, some alchemical, which survive in manuscript. Ex-library with minimal markings: call nos. removed from spine leaving shadow, bookplate on front pastedown. Upper edge of boards faded, spine faded and a little chafed at head and tail with some light chipping and fraying at upper spine, corners bumped, front endpaper cracked at inner hinge but holding firm, internally bright. Thus, a sound and generally clean VG copy. Scarce. Item #35870

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