De Symbolica Aegyptiorum Sapientia, In Qua Symbola, Parabolae Historiae Selectae, Quae Ad Omnem Emblematu[m], Aenigmatu[m], Hieroglyphicorum Cognitione[m] Via Praesta[n]t [ bound with ] Polyhistor Symbolicus: Electorum Symbolorum, & Parabolarum Historicarum Stromata, XII Libris Complectens. Nicolas CAUSSIN.
De Symbolica Aegyptiorum Sapientia, In Qua Symbola, Parabolae Historiae Selectae, Quae Ad Omnem Emblematu[m], Aenigmatu[m], Hieroglyphicorum Cognitione[m] Via Praesta[n]t [ bound with ] Polyhistor Symbolicus: Electorum Symbolorum, & Parabolarum Historicarum Stromata, XII Libris Complectens.
De Symbolica Aegyptiorum Sapientia, In Qua Symbola, Parabolae Historiae Selectae, Quae Ad Omnem Emblematu[m], Aenigmatu[m], Hieroglyphicorum Cognitione[m] Via Praesta[n]t [ bound with ] Polyhistor Symbolicus: Electorum Symbolorum, & Parabolarum Historicarum Stromata, XII Libris Complectens.
De Symbolica Aegyptiorum Sapientia, In Qua Symbola, Parabolae Historiae Selectae, Quae Ad Omnem Emblematu[m], Aenigmatu[m], Hieroglyphicorum Cognitione[m] Via Praesta[n]t [ bound with ] Polyhistor Symbolicus: Electorum Symbolorum, & Parabolarum Historicarum Stromata, XII Libris Complectens.

De Symbolica Aegyptiorum Sapientia, In Qua Symbola, Parabolae Historiae Selectae, Quae Ad Omnem Emblematu[m], Aenigmatu[m], Hieroglyphicorum Cognitione[m] Via Praesta[n]t [ bound with ] Polyhistor Symbolicus: Electorum Symbolorum, & Parabolarum Historicarum Stromata, XII Libris Complectens.

Coloniae Agrippinae ( Cologne / Köln ): Ioannem Kinckium ( Johann Kinckius ), 1623. Second Editions. Hardcover (2 volumes in one) Small thick, octavo (6 1/8 x 4 inches). (18), (48), 598, (2), 152, (12)pp. Contemporary full vellum with yapp fore-edges, title hand-lettered in ink on spine. Fine engraved title page after Leonard Gaulthier's design for the 1618 first edition of "De Symbolica Aegyptiorum Sapientia," showing two cornucopias, flanked by obelisks, funneling water down from the Lamb of God to a pool attended by the Nile river god. Two printed title-pages. Text in LATIN. Two important works that demonstrate the Renaissance passion for (pseudo) Egpytian hieroglyphs, emblematics and symbolism; by the French Jesuit Nicolas Caussin (1583–1651). In the the fifteen and sixteenth centuries Europe had witnessed a renewed fascination with the symbolism, and in particular the hieroglyphs, which were thought to contain - in coded form - the occult and arcane wisdom of the ancient east. "De Symbolica Aegyptiorum Sapientia" and "Polyhistor Symbolicus" gathered together the most important texts on the subject then available, those of Clement of Alexandria, Epiphanius, Horapollo, et al, along with extensive observations and commentaries by Caussin. Both works were first published in Paris, "De Symbolica Aegyptiorum Sapientia" in 1614 "Polyhistor Symbolicus" in 1618. These second editions, were published in Cologne in 1623. Whilst sometimes sold singly, they were mostly bound together as one volume, as this, although the sequence within the particular volume varied. In this case "Polyhistor Symbolicus" is bound before "De Symbolica Aegyptiorum Sapientia" with the the index of the former bound before the main text. In addition to the engraved title-page this volume has both printed title-pages, which is uncommon as one (typically that of "De Symbolica Aegyptiorum Sapientia" was often omitted. Boards lightly discolored, a few tears to rear pastedown, the usual moderate signs of use that could be anticipated in a book of this vintage, but still a lovely, VG+ copy. Item #60720

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