Agrippa (Henry Cornelius) The Vanity of Arts and Scientists


London, R. Everingham for R. Bentley […] and Dan Brown, 1694.

Third printing of the second edition in English. 8vo. Engraved frontispiece portrait, pp.[18], 368, [1 (final blank)]. Contemporary calf, rebacked in later calf lettered in gilt.

The third printing of the second English translation of Agrippa’s De Incertitudine et Vanitate Scientiarum, originally published in Antwerp in 1530. The work was first translated into English in 1569, followed by this 17th-century translation in 1676, 1684, and 1694.

Agrippa von Nettesheim (1486-1535), German occultist, astrologer and alchemist to Emperor Charles the Fifth of Germany. Agrippa enjoyed a varied, if somewhat insecure career as a physician, diplomat, teacher and soldier, arousing the enmity of the Inquisition for his defense of a witch.

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