“HEAVENLY CHAOS”: RARE FIRST EDITION OF VAUGHAN’S HISTORY OF MAGIC, MAGIA ADAMICA, 1650, PUBLISHED UNDER HIS PSEUDONYM, EUGENIUS PHILALETHES, TOGETHER IN ONE VOLUME WITH RARE FIRST EDITION OF HIS MA’N-MOUSE, 1650, REFUTING CHARGES OF ILL-FOUNDED ALCHEMY
PHILALETHES, Eugenius (pseudonym of VAUGHAN, Thomas). Magia Adamica. WITH: Ma’n-Mouse. London, 1650. Together in one volume.
First edition of Eugenius Philalethes’ (Thomas Vaughan’s) rare history of magic—Vaughan “is never more erudite than here” (Henderson)—together in one volume with the rare first edition of the same year’s Ma’n-Mouse, Vaughan’s angry response to charges of delusional alchemy, two major works by the controversial 17th-century thinker who influenced 19th-century occultists and is recently seen as expressive of “the Vitalist movement of the 1650s and early modern advances in chemistry” (Encyclopedia of English Renaissance Literature). Beautifully bound. $9000.