Theatrum Sympatheticum, In quo Sympathiae Actiones variae, singulares & admirandae tam Macro-quam Microcosmicae exhibentur... Opusculum luctu jucundum & utilissimum; Digbaei, Papinii, Helmontii.

hardcover. Editio altera, priori emendatior. 259 pages. 12mo, old calf, quite worn and with covers detached. Amstelaedami: Thomae Fantini, 1661.

By the English author and diplomatist with a bent for the occult. "Digby first described his well-known weapon-salve, or powder of sympathy, in the discourse alleged to have been delivered at Montpellier in 1658. Its method of employment stamps it as the merest quackery. The wound was never to be brought into contact with the powder, which was merely powdered vitriol. A bandage was to be taken from the wound, immersed in the powder, and kept there till the wound healed." (-- DNB V, 970). Such questionable procedure did not hinder the book's immense popularity, or its translation into French, Latin, German and Dutch. This edition contains the same texts as the first (1660) Latin edition of Nuremberg, and is probably the pirated edition mentioned in the enlarged Nuremberg edition of 1662. The present copy bears the signature on the t.p. of the German physician Johann Christian Mack (1634-1701) with the bookplates of Constantine Hering, one of the fathers of American homeopathy, and the founder of the Hahnemann Medical College, the institution which received this book and the rest of Hering's library upon his death. Ferguson, II p. 440.

Price: $750.00

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