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'Magiae Naturalis' by Giambattista della Porta, 1584
 
'Magiae Naturalis' by Giambattista della Porta (1535-1615) was first published in Latin in Naples in 1558. The first edition contained only four books but this had gradually expanded to twenty books by 1584.

An English translation of the twenty book version, under the title 'Natural Magick' and giving the author's name as John Baptista Porta, was published in London in 1658.

A full version of the English translation can be found at https://archive.org/details/naturalmagickbyj00port/page/n8

The English translation contains several references to the folding of paper, which I have assumed to also exist in the original Latin version.

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The Grocer's Cone

(From Book 10 - Of Distillation)

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Frying Fish in a Paper Pan

(From Book 14 - Of Cookery)

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How to Conceal Folded Letters inside Lead Musket Balls

(From Book 16 - Of Invisible Writing)

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How to defeat a Letterlock

(From Book 16 - Of Invisible Writing)

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The Three Scrolls magical effect

(From Book 20 - Of The Chaos)

I am not convinced that the reference in Aristotle's 'Problemata' can bear the interpretation the author puts on it.

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A Cracker of Paper (Paper Cartridge)

(From Book 20 - Of The Chaos)

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