Title: Les admirables secrets d'Albert le Grand, contenant plusieurs traités sur la conception des femmes, sur les vertus des herbes, des pierres précieuses, & des animaux, 1753
Author: Albertus Magnus
Publisher: Héritiers de Beringos Fratres, à l'enseigne d'Agrippa, Lyon
The admirable secrets of Albert the Great, containing several treatises on the conception of women, on the virtues of herbs, precious stones, & animals.
Augmented with a curious summary of the physiognomy, & a shield against the plague, malignant fevers, poisons, & air infection.
Drawn and translated on old manuscripts of the author, which had not yet appeared, what we will see more fully in the Table, as well as what was added in this last edition.
A mid 18th century copy of the Grand Albert, a grimoire that has often been attributed to Albertus Magnus, one of Germany's greatest philosophers and theologians. Although eclipsed by the popularity of the later works known as the Petit Albert and Red Dragon, the Grand Albert delves into a number of subjects, complimented by several engravings.
Recipes and ideas have been taken from figures such as the polymath Gerolamo Cardano, who penned De subtilitate, as well as Giambattista Della Porta, persecuted writer of Natural Magick. There is also an original chapter on talismans.
The iconic French translation was first published in 1703, with all subsequent printings emulating it, but the first Latin edition dates 1493, reproducing a complex handwritten tradition from the last centuries of the Middle Ages.
There are 4 full page engravings, and an additional frontpiece.
One volume in 12mo, 283 pages+index, lacking final index page
On note of condition, this volume is in good shape, with the binding holding well, though there is some wear at the hinges and heavy chipping from the bottom of the spine, with minor scuffs present. There are traces of dampstaining on roughly 10 leaves, and several burnt pages, interestingly enough those burns being on the tables. The last leaf to the index is missing as well.