David Douglas, 1897. Item #3121
BROWN, J. Wood. AN ENQUIRY INTO THE LIFE AND LEGEND OF MICHAEL SCOT. Edinburgh: David Douglas, 1897. 8vo., burgundy cloth, stamping in gilt around edges. First Edition. The most important of the early biographical works on Michael Scot (1175-1232?), philosopher at the Court of the Holy Roman Emperor, mathematician, alchemist, astrologer, and astronomer. Scot was a judicial Astrologer and served the Emperor Frederick II. His interest in the hermetic sciences gained him a reputation as a "wizard" or "black magician", particularly in Scotland, and he was strongly condemned by the Catholic Church. One popular legend has it that Scot once turn a coven of witches to stone, which became the stone circle of Long Meg and her daughters in Cumbria. Dante, in his inferno, consigned Scot to a place with the soothsayers and magicians in the eight layer of Hell, while Boccaccio referred to him as a "great master in necromancy." Very Good (contents clean & tight, some water damage to endpapers with tiny hole on rear end paper). $150.00.