May 05, 2022 - Sale 2603

Sale 2603 - Lot 248

Price Realized: $ 6,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,000 - $ 3,000
Khunrath, Heinrich (1560-1605)
Amphitheatrum Sapientiae Aeternae Solius Verae, Christiano-Kabalisticum, Divino-Magicum, nec non Physico-Chymicum.

Magdeburg: Levin Brauns, 1608/1609.

Folio, illustrated with engraved portrait of the author; nine double-page plates; two double-page typographical tables; and one full-page plate depicting a bespectacled owl; one typographical title page present (of two); bound in old parchment over boards with repairs and later endleaves, a reimboitage; some occasional browning to contents, 12 1/4 x 8 in.

Khunrath's alchemical treatise was first published in 1595, and is "one of the most important books in the whole literature of theosophical alchemy and the occult sciences." (Duveen). The present copy is one of two editions with the Magdeburg imprint produced by Levin Brauns and dated 1608.

Caillet 5747; DSB VII, 355-56; Duveen, page 319 (original edition); VD17 3:671762Q (this edition).