AN ENQUIRY INTO THE LIFE AND LEGEND OF MICHAEL SCOT. J. Wood BROWN.
AN ENQUIRY INTO THE LIFE AND LEGEND OF MICHAEL SCOT
AN ENQUIRY INTO THE LIFE AND LEGEND OF MICHAEL SCOT

AN ENQUIRY INTO THE LIFE AND LEGEND OF MICHAEL SCOT

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.

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