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Böhme's Questions Concerning the Soule, 1647  

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XL. Questions Concerning the Soule... [bound with] The Clavis, or Key. Or, an Exposition of Some Principall Matters, and Words in the Writings of Jacob Behmen...

Böhme, Jacob


Matthew Simmont



2 in 1. [14], 155, [6], 28, + [2] ad pp, errata leaf. With folding engraved chart of The Figure of The Philosophique Globe, or Eye of ye Wonders of Eternity, or Looking Glass of Wisdom. (Small 4to) 18x14 cm (7x5½"), later calf with blind rule borders, blind-stamped diamond-shaped labels on spine reading b. IV. and 7.

Jakob Böhme was a German philosopher, Christian mystic, and Lutheran Protestant theologian. In one interpretation of Böhme's cosmology (as represented in the engraved chart), it was necessary for humanity to return to God, and for all original unities to undergo differentiation, desire and conflict—as in the rebellion of Satan, the separation of Eve from Adam and their acquisition of the knowledge of good and evil—in order for creation to evolve to a new state of redeemed harmony that would be more perfect than the original state of innocence, allowing God to achieve a new self-awareness by interacting with a creation that was both part of, and distinct from, Himself. Free will becomes the most important gift God gives to humanity, allowing us to seek divine grace as a deliberate choice while still allowing us to remain individuals. Institutional plate from South Library. Ownership mark on title page.

Lot Amendments

Light wear to calf, boards slightly bowed; front free endpaper trimmed at fore-edge, light ripple to leaves, a few stains and spots; small stubtear with a few creases to engraved chart; very good.

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