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[Montfaucon de Villars, Nicolas-Pierre-Henri,]
The Count de Gabalis (London: B. Lintott/ E. Curll, 1714).

THE| Count de GABALIS:| Being a Diverting| HISTORY| OF THE| Rosicrucian DOCTRINE| OF| SPIRITS,| VIZ.| SYLPHS, SALAMADERS, GNOMES,| and DÆMONS: Shewing their Various| Influence upon Human Bodies.| [rule]| Done from the PARIS Edition.| [rule]| To which is prefix'd| Monsieur BAYLE'S Account of this WORK:| And of the SECT of the ROSICRUCIANS.| [rule]| Qoud tanto impendio abscontitur, etiam solummodo| demonstrare, distruere est. Tertull.| [rule]| LONDON:| Printed for B. LINTOTT and E. CURLL, in| Fleet-Street, 1714. Price 1 s.


p.[i] titlepage/ p.[iii] preface/ p.[iv-viii] "Account of the Rosicrucians"/ p.1-88/ 4.


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Bibliographical Reference

ESTC: t034208.

History of Publication

Cf. Le comte de Gabalis, ou entretiens sur les sciences secrètes (Paris: C. Barbin, 1670).link


Titel: "History".


New translation following Alexander Pope's recommendation in his Rape of the Locke which offered a prefix mentioning the Rosicrucians and Pierre Bayle's article on them in his Dictionnaire Historique. The "Discourses" following with the "History" take place between the narrator and Count de Gabalis and circle around the four species of pure beings the Sylps (aur), Nymphs (water), Gnomes (Earth) and Salamanders (fire) and their respective roles in the divine creation in general and the possibilities to mix with them sexually in particular. Peculiar ironic presentation. The narrator often handles the Count with greatest respect and anxiety, yet also with cleverness in monouvering the vain and sensitive counterpart through these conversations.