Natural magick by John Baptista Porta, a Neapolitane: in twenty books: wherein are set forth all the riches and delights of the natural sciences. By John Baptista Porta. Magia Naturalis (in English, Natural Magic) is a work of popular science first published in Naples in Its twenty books include. Giambattista della (John Baptist) Porta (?), was a A Table Containing the General Heads of Natural Magick ยท “Preface To BY John Baptista Porta.

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A maiden that was generated of a Man and an Ass. To know which Loadstone is the more perfect. When new wine is mingled with water, to know which part is the best, the upper or lower part.

How a Vine may bring forth clusters of grapes that are white, but the stones of the grapes black. Basic Books, Third printing of kohn new facsimile edition of Porta’s book, from the edition, part of the Collector’s Series of Science edited by Derek Price of Yale University. Damosins may be magicj in wine.


A paper go up a wall, and come down of it self. Pomegranates and Cherries without any stones. Cucumbers are preserved in brine.

Natural Magick

Dog called Crocuta, gendred of a Dog and a Wolf. The forward Fig-tree to hasten her fruit. To mend weak wine. To extract Oyl out of Citron-seed. Wheat may be laid up close to be preserved. That Hair may grow longer and quickly. Cucumbers in the Lees of Wine. Apples being shut up close, and then put into Cisterns, will last long.

Natural Magick by Porta, John Baptista

Fire-balls flying in the Air. Make his face swelled, pressed down, or full of scars. Wine may freeze in Glasses. Quince-pears be long kept in their own leaves, and Nuts in their leaves, but the leaves must be dry, Wheat may be kept in herbs.

Sweet Almonds and sweet Pomegranates changed baptiwta sowre ones. That his hands may grow black when he wipes of the Napkin. Of counterfeiting Precious Sones. Wheat to increase the weight of Wheat. Leeks may be made sweeter. Letters may be hid in Garments. Asses are made drunk. A Bait for Summer-whitings.


Wherein are propounded Burning-glass, and the wonderful sights to be seen by them. To make Smalt of skie-colour. To cause Sleep with Mandrake. Birds are generated of putrified wood. To make Partridge more bold to fight.

Mixa, which hath in it a bptista Almond. Many Candles shall be lighted presently. To shut up Letters in living creatures.

Pulse called Lupines, may be long preserved. The Cuttle is taken with a Glass. How to make Perfumes of Waters. Deers flesh become venemous. How a Vine may be made to bring forth grapes that shall be medicinal against the biting of venemous beasts. How a Cock may grow tender. Monsters in Birds may be more easily produced. The Palm, or Date-tree, naturzl the Damosin tree will grow to be of a larger and good-lier assize.

To make them of the colour of a Saphire or Emerald. Garlick-heads greater then common. Preparation of the Face.