Idealis Umbra Sapientiæ Generalis.

Paris, Mlle. Jablier, 1679. Small 4to. [25] engr. leaves. TITLE OF SEVEN ENGRAVED STRIPS, TWENTY-FOUR ETCHED & ENGRAVED PLATES (divided from two whole sheets & mounted on blank double leaves). Contemporary mottled calf, spine & title & board edges gilt, edges daubed red & brown. Ad I-II: A woman on Old Temple Road meticulously pricked the upper left corners of blank double leaves, then centered and pasted in these occult texts, which were commissioned by Louis XIV and the Queen Mum. Complying with their wishes, Sabbathier laid out his theosophy graphically — a complex scheme of colors, numbers, prose, geometric figures, heraldry, Hebrew characters and astrological signs. After his untimely death, his friend and fellow Capuchin François Marie edited the material and oversaw the production of two pairs of engraved sheets — one pair in Latin, the other in French. Eschewing commerce, he transferred the rights to the engravings to his sister, Mlle. Jablier. Operating on the margins of the print and book trades, SHE DIVIDED ONE OR BOTH PAIRS OF ENGRAVED SHEETS INTO THEIR COMPONENTS AND MOUNTED THEM IN ALBUMS, WHICH SHE SOLD AT HER PREMISES. “Cette disposition insolite explique l’extrême rareté des exemplaires qui on subsisté, et leur apparence singulière” (Caillet). A string of eleven ecclesiastical and secular privileges document this ménage à trois. Fine copies, in their original binding.Caillet 9731 “Excessivement rare”; Bib. esoterica 4275 “Rarissime, surtout complet des deux parties”; Jouin & Descreux, Bib. occultiste 736 (French) & 763 (Latin). Item #6653

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