Dehortatione de la gentile theologia per Henrico Cornelio Agrippa, nella quale si di mostra, quanto sia utile a la anima Christiana il studio de le sacre lettere. Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa, von Nettesheim.
Scarce First Edition of Agrippa’s Informal Lecture

Dehortatione de la gentile theologia per Henrico Cornelio Agrippa, nella quale si di mostra, quanto sia utile a la anima Christiana il studio de le sacre lettere.

Venice? N. p., 1526. Title page with elaborate woodcut border of musical instruments and allegorical figures. With two woodcut initials. First edition. Text in Italian. Date and place of the dedication is June 10, 1526, Lyon. Precedes the bibliographical (Latin) first edition. Papered spine. (4º); A1–B4 (B4 is blank). Fine condition.

“Dehortatione de la gentile theologia” (A Dissuasion Against Pagan Theology) is a written version of a talk that Agrippa had given to some friends after taught a course on the Pimander (Poimandres). Only two other such informal lectures survived in print. In this work Agrippa “warns his friends, who have asked him to explain the Pimander to them, not to focus exclusively on the Hermetic writings to the detriment of the Holy Scripture. He is clearly worried that his friends might go too far in their enthusiasm for the pagan philosophical texts and forget their responsibility as Christians, but he by no means advises them to abandon the study of the Hermetic texts altogether. In fact, he emphasizes that his friends incorporate the Hermetic writings into their Biblical exegesis [...] and thus enrich Christianity, then the study of those pagan texts must not be condemned, but rather greatly appreciated.” (van der Poel, 1997. pp. 24–25.)

At the time of the publication of this work, Agrippa lived in Lyon, serving as a physician of Louise of Savoy, the French Queen Mother. The dedication of the pamphlet is to Symphorien Bullioud (1480–1533), the Bishop of Bazas who was negotiating between Agrippa and the French Queen Mother concerning Agrippa’s unpaid salary.

We could trace only one copy in libraries at Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, Venice.

[Bibl.: Marc van der Poel: Cornelius Agrippa, the Humanist Theologian and His Declamations. Leiden, Brill. 1997.]

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