Crystal magic, medieval style! This thirteenth-century work on the powers and qualities of stones, crystals and metals is a classic precursor to today's popular crystal magic trend. Albertus Magnus wrote on magic, natural forces and a host of other topics, and was the attributed author of many works, including the famed Petit Albert, France's most popular magical handbook. The translation is by Dorothy Wyckoff, and is here presented in its first and only edition: it is out of print.
Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1967. Hardback in dust wrapper, 42+309 pages, including index and 2 plates. First and only edition.
Volume and condition. Royal 8vo, blue coth with gilt titles to spine. Small mark to front board, otherwise a near fine copy of this rare book in near VG dustwrapper. Dustwrapper is 99% complete with no chips but some edge-wear and associated light creasing, small scuff to blank portion at foot of rear panel.
Book of Minerals. Albertus Magnus. Oxford: Clarendon Press. 1967. First edition. Publisher's original blue cloth, titled in gilt to spine. Minor bumping and edgewear, and very good copy indeed in a bright, clean pictorial dustjacket with some slight wear.