Ten Thousand Wonderful Things; Comprising Whatever Is Marvellous and Rare, Curious, Eccentric and Extraordinary in All Ages and Nations

Ten Thousand Wonderful Things; Comprising Whatever Is Marvellous and Rare, Curious, Eccentric and Extraordinary in All Ages and Nations

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ... sale for the late Mr. Pigott; and at the more recent sale of that gentleman's collection, it passed into the hands of Lord Londesborough. Its history and authenticity appear, therefore, to be very well made out. The family of the Mordaunts held a prominent place in English history during the whole of the seventeenth century, and it is hardly probable that they would have received an object like this without having good reason for believing that its history was authentic. It is believed that Butler alluded to this identical stone in his well-known lines: --The regular fitting out of the magician at this period was a com plicated process. He required his implements of various kinds, and, in addition to these, various robes, made especially for the occasion, with girdles and head-pieces, and magical rings and braoelets. A ery curious example of the last-mentioned article of the magician s accoutrements, is represented in the preoeding cut, about one-third the 6ize of the original. It was purchased by Lord Londesborough in 1851, and had formerly been in the possession of Charles Main waring, Esq., of Coleby, near Lincoln. It is of silver, the letters of the inscription round the bracelet being engraved and filled with niello. This inscription may be distinctly read as follows: --+ IONA + IHOAT + IONA + HELOI + YSSARAY + II + MEPHENOLPHETON + AGLA + ACHEDION + YANA + BACHIONODONAVALI S ILIOR, + 11 BACHIONODONAVLI K ACII + Some explanation of this mysterious inscription might, no doubt, he obtained by a diligent comparison of some of the numerous works on magic compiled in the age of Dr. Dee, and in the seventeenth century. The bracelet has had four pendants on it, of which three still remain, with the silver setting of the fourth. Ono of the pendants...show more

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  • Paperback | 290 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 15mm | 522g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236548426
  • 9781236548429