Exercitatio Magica Nobilissima

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Exercitatio Magica Nobilissima is "a seventeenth-century attempt to describe all of English magic." It was put up for sale when the library of the Duke of Roxburghe was auctioned off in 1812 [28].


An epigram by from the Exercitatio Magica Nobilissima (1651) runs thus:

Virgula divina
"Some Sorcerers do boast they have a Rod,
Gather'd with Vowes and Sacrifice,
And (borne about) will strangely nod
To hidden Treasure where it lies;
Mankind is (sure) that Rod divine,
For to the Wealthiest (ever) they incline."