Eine kurtze Eröffnung und Anweisung der dreyen Principien und Welten im Menschen, In unterschiedlichen Figuren vorgestellet: wie und wo eigentlich ihre Centra im innern Menschen stehen; gleich sie der Autor selbst im Göttlichen Schauen in sich gefunden...

Eine kurtze Eröffnung und Anweisung der dreyen Principien und Welten im Menschen, In unterschiedlichen Figuren vorgestellet: wie und wo eigentlich ihre Centra im innern Menschen stehen; gleich sie der Autor selbst im Göttlichen Schauen in sich gefunden...
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[N.p.]: Auf vieler Verlangen aufs neue dem Druck übergeben... 1736. Small 8vo, 175, [1(instructions to binder)] pp. Double-page frontispiece containing two images; folding cosmic diagram; and two plates, all hand-colored copperplate engravings; the diagram & plates tipped onto the fore-edges of text leaves. Title-page printed in red & black. Contemporary brown & white marbled boards, paper backstrip label, in modern beige buckram folding box with paper backstrip label. Covers well worn; some minor internal staining and neat annotation; small ballpoint arrow on title-page indicating date '1696'; name of the author of the foreword on p. [2]; overall a sound copy of this important mystical text with astonishing illustrations. Second Edition; the work was evidently compiled in 1696 and first published in Leiden in 1723. Later editions were issued in 1779 & 1850; and the book may well be in print today. This edition is most uncommon, with OCLC locating it only at Duke and the Niedersachsische Staats- und Universitatsbibliothek in Gottingen. Johann Georg Gichtel (1638-1710) was a theologian and attorney who embraced mysticism and the teachings of the inspirational Jakob Böhme (1575-1624), whose works he edited in 1682-1683. Gichtel wound up leading a life of ecstatic poverty in Amsterdam as head of a small cult known as Gichtelians or Brethren of the Angel. Their goal, and the thrust of this complex hermetic-mystical treatise, is the understanding of Divine Wisdom through self-knowledge and through freedom from all carnal desires. The four human images in the frontispiece and plates depict the evolution of humankind from the spirit by means of an inward spiraling of energies through the planets, although the iconography is much more complex than that. The large cosmic diagram seems to combine elements of astrology and spiritualism. These images were evidently based on visions of Gichtel's and may have been prepared by Graber, whose role in this publication is uncertain. The book was probably edited by Johann Wilhelm Überfeld (whose name is written in on p. [2]) (1659-1731), a follower of Gichtel who in 1730 published an edition of Gichtel's edition of Böhme's writings that is now regarded as standard. The first edition has appeared 3 times at auction since 1975, this edition only once; no copy is noted online although copies of the 1st and 4th editions are there as of 9/07. (Item Id: 5921)

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