Sunday, October 23, 2011

Jocus Severus by Michael Maier

Jocus Severus, A Serious Joke (....A Serious Joke, that is, The Equitable Tribunal by which the Owl is pronounced Queen of Birds by the Phoenix acting as judge, after various disquisitions and complaints made by birds attacking her; and in which she is recognized as consecrated to Pal...

Illustrated with a b&w folding plate titled Alchemical Aviary as a frontispiece. This alchemical text employs allegory in an entertaining dialogue between several species of birds who are determined to defame the Owl with wordy complaints. The Hawk acts as the Owl's defense while the Phoenix acts as final judge and arbiter over this 'conference of birds.'

from Weiser's description

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