POSTEL (Guillaume)

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POSTEL (Guillaume)
De nativitate Mediatoris ultima, nunc futura, et toti orbi terrarum in singulis ratione praeditis manifestanda, Opus. S.l.n.d. [Basel, Oporin, 1547]. In-4, 17th century soft vellum.
Dorbon, n°3750.
First edition of this singular treatise, in which Postel exposes his curious system of the spiritual regeneration of the human race.
This is one of the rarest books by the humanist Guillaume Postel (circa 1510-1581), visionary spirit, orientalist and philosopher, a major figure of the Kabbalah.
He declares that the present year, 1547, is the year of the Rebirth of Jesus Christ; & that the book of the Nativity of the Mediator, must be regarded as the crowning achievement of his enterprise. [...] to demonstrate to the Universe, that all men must be restored, that is to say renewed, or regenerated in the lower part of the spirit; & that the time has come (cf. père des Billons, Nouveaux éclaircissements sur la vie et les ouvrages de Guillaume Postel, 1771).
Beautiful portrait of the author signed by Esme de Boulenois, added as a frontispiece.
Old mentions on a flyleaf: Livre de Postel des plus rares et Heterodoxus.
Pleasant copy, coming from the royal library and sold as a duplicate (stamps on the title and at the end).
Volume detached from the spine.
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