(Hand-Colored Grimoire 1791) “Les Admirables Secrets d’Albert le Grand” MAGNUS, Albertus

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“Les Admirables Secrets d’Albert le Grand, Contenant Plusiers Traités sur la Conception des femmes, des vertus des herbes, des pierres précieuses et des animaux; Augmentés D’un Abrégé curieux de la Physionomie, et d’un préservatif contre la Peste, les fievres malignes les poisons, et l’infection de l’air; Tirés et Traduits Sur des anciens Manuscrits de l’auteur, qui n’avaient pas encore paru, ce qu’on verra plus amplement dans la table,et ce qui aura été ajouté dans cette derniere édition; Divisé en Quatre Livres” [Chez les Héritiers de Beringos, M.DCC.XCI]. xx + 203pp. 5 black & white plates and 3 hand-colored ones, of which two fold out (as pictured). Quarter leather 19th century binding over marbled boards with marbled edges and papers. Front board with 1/2 in divot (pictured) but otherwise externally clean. Slight yawn. Textblock significantly foxed. xix/xx has a small hole. Binding very secure. Very Good.

From Wikipedia: The book contained instructions on how to summon spirits, demons, and other supernatural beings, as well as spells and incantations for various purposes such as healing, protection, and love. It also recommended herbal remedies and potions for common ailments, such as the use of theriac, a concoction made of serpent’s flesh and opium, as a remedy for animal poisons.

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