Excerpt from Faust: A Tragedy
The first certain notice of the great conjuror occurs in the 'index Sanitatis' of one Philip Begardi, a physician, published in 1539. This writer says 'there is still living a notorious adventurer, whose name, though I do not mention it, will be at once recognised. For within the last few years he has travelled through almost every country, principality, and kingdom [in Europe], advertising his name and proclaiming his wonderful skill, not only in 'medicine, but also in chiromancy, necromancy, physiognomy, crystal loscopy, and other such arts. In fact he has expressly adopted the style and title of a celebrated and much - travelled master of those arts and has boasted, not without some reason, that he was in reality, as well as in name, Faustus (fortunate), and described himself accordingly, Philosophus philosophorum, &c. But how many are there who have complained to me that they have been wofully deceived by him For though his promises equalled those of Thessalus [of Tralles],2 and his fame rivalled that of Theophrastus (paracelsus),3 his performances, so far as I ever heard, were miserably poor and delusive he made money, however, or, to speak more correctly, money passed through his hands rather than he acquired it and afterwards, as I said.
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