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Book Number 5793 
Author Naudaeus, Gabriel, author; Davies, translator:  
Title THE // HISTORY // OF // MAGICK // By way of // APOLOGY, // For all the Wise Men who // have unjustly been reputed Magicians, from // the Creation, to the present Age. 
Date c.1657,  
Publisher For John Streater,  
Place of Publication London: 
Edition First English Edition. 
Volume Information  
Cover Full contemporary calf, expertly rebacked. Spine with five (5) raised bands, gilt title on morocco label on two; gilt ornamented compartments; dated.  
Illustration  
Size small octavo (161x103mm) 
Condition Upper margin trimmed short; otherwise a very good and handsome copy.  
Provenance marginal manuscript signature dated 1772 “R.S. Cotton” (-spelling?) on upper corner of title. 
Pagination Title, bl., dedication (6), intro (6), contents (2), 1-306. 
Reference Wing N-246; Lowndes, 1654.  
Translation Info Translated into Engl 
Notes Naudaeus or Naudé, “Library – Keeper to Cardinal Mazarin”, authored the original “Apologie pour tous les grands personages faussement soupçonnez de magie” - (French Editions: 1625, 1653, 1669, 1712). Pythagoras, Socrates, Thomas Aquinas Jerome Cardan and Solomon are among those defended. In his career as a librarian, “opposed censorship, and encouraged library owners to allow others to use their books, a practice he considered a great honor for the owner – an honor equal to that of having the opportunity to build a fine library." He was adamant about collecting in all languages, about all religions, subject matters, and literature. During his career as librarian, Naudé helped instruct collectors and libraries in their selections and acquisitions of titles and the cataloguing of their libraries. He was known to scour secondhand bookshops and print shops for valuable and hard to find literary works. “When Naudé has been in town, the booksellers' shops seem devastated as by a whirlwind. Having bought up in every last one of them all the books, whether in manuscript or in print, dealing in any language whatever with any subject or division of learning no matter what, he has left the stores stripped and bare.” Probably the most notable library he Naudé helped develop was the Bibliothéque Mazarine in Paris, the library of Cardinal Mazarin, spending ten years on its improvement. The first public library in France, it was opened to the public in 1644.  
Price (US$) 5000  
Short Description Book Occult; Book Social Sciences General;  
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