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Robert Fludd (1547 - 1637)

Lot 305: Fludd (Robert)


June 6, 2019
Constantia, Cape Town, South Africa

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2 parts (of 3) in one volume - 191, (1 errata leaf) pages, leaf 143/144 is missing and a careful copy in an old hand has been inserted (see illustration below and see Google books - https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=lDNZAAAAcAAJ&hl=en&pg=GBS.RA6-PP3 and https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=lDNZAAAAcAAJ&hl=en&pg=GBS.RA6-PP4), 2 engraved titles, engraved illustrations in text, woodcut diagrams - some full-page, half vellum with marbled paper sides, patterned page edges, some browning of the text but overall a very good copy.

Between 1617 and 1621 the English physician and polymath Robert Fludd published his masterwork Utriusque Cosmi, a book split into two volumes and packed with over 60 intricate engravings. Urszula Szulakowska explores the philosophical and theological ideas behind the extraordinary images found in the second part of the work.

Robert Fludd was a respected English physician (of Welsh origins) employed at the court of King James I of England. He was a prolific writer of vast, multi-volume encyclopaedias in which he discussed a universal range of topics from magical practices such as alchemy, astrology, kabbalism and fortune-telling, to radical theological thinking concerning the inter-relation of God with the natural and human worlds. However, he also proudly displayed his grasp of practical knowledge, such as mechanics, architecture, military fortifications, armaments, military manoeuvres, hydrology, musical theory and musical instruments, mathematics, geometry, optics and the art of drawing, as well as chemistry and medicine. Fludd used the common metaphor for the arts as being the "ape of Nature," a microcosmic form of the manner in which the universe itself functioned.

Fludd’s most famous work is the History of the Two Worlds (Utriusque Cosmi ... Historia, 1617-21 of which Tomi Secundi, Tractus Primi Sectio Secunda is part) published in five volumes by Theodore de Bry in Oppenheim. The two worlds under discussion are those of the Microcosm of human life on earth and the Macrocosm of the universe (which included the spiritual realm of the Divine). From: https://publicdomainreview.org/2011/09/13/robert-fludd-and-his-images-of-the-divine/

No place or date (Oppenheim, Johann-Theodor de Bry, circa 1619).

First Edition
A Very Good Copy
Folio (310 x 200 mm)

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Constantia, Cape Town, South Africa