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Hermes Trismegistus / François Foix de Candale

Pimandras utraque lingua restitutus … — Bourdeaux 1574

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Hermes trismegistus / François Foix de Candale

Pimandras utraque lingua restitutus, D. Francisci Flussatis Candallae industria … — Burdigalae, Apud Simonem Millangium Burdigalensium, Typographum via Iacobea, 1574. (Bordeaux, Simon Millanges, 1574).

First edition thus

4to (220 x 146 mm). ✝︎6 A-O4 P6: (64) leaves. Some foxing. Contemporary vellum. Above Millanges’s device in manuscript: ἐκ τῶν θρόμβου [Χριστοῦ]. – Adams H-347; Hoffmann II2 208; Hermes Trismegistus … Tekstgeschiedenis van het Corpus Hermeticum. A’dam 1990, no. 45.

A new translation into Latin by François Foix de Candale (1512-1594), the first translation from of the editio princeps, Turnèbe 1554.

„Foix-Candale is an important figure in the history of Neo-Alexandrian Hermetism, the ensemble of esoterically oriented commentaries of the Greek Hermetica in general, and of the Corpus Hermeticum in particular … Between his book on Euclid and his book on the Eucharist, he published three further texts. As noted by Frances A. Yates, all three [i.e. the present one, a French translation printed in 1574 also, and a new edition of these accompanied by philosophical expositions in 1579] mark ’new heights of ecstatic religious Hermetism‘ … Foix-Candale’s intellectual make-up was profoundly influenced by his study of Hermetic philosophy. At the beginning of his 1574 edition, in the dedicatory epistle to Emperor Maximilian II, he writes that Hermes Trismegistus possessed knowledge of the divine equal to the Apostles and the Evangelists …“ (Dict. of Gnosis …, 376f.)

Foix-Candale’s important emendations of Turnebe’s Greek text – suggested by the younger Scaliger and other humanists – are printed in the margins.