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A scarce thesis on dowsing, a form of divination used to locate ground water or buried metals or gemstones, often aided by the use of a so-called divining or dowsing rod. Although there are still practitioners today, it has long since been established that dowsing, or water-witching, is, in fact, a pseudo-science.


The thesis was defended on June 15, 1740, at the the University of Copenhagen by Johannes Bartholomaeus Bluhme (1681-1753), an influential pietist and the first German court chaplain to Danish king Christian VI.

Thesis on dowsing, defended at the University of Copenhagen, 1740

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  • Johannes Bartholomaeus Bluhme (respondent) & Georg Detharding (praeses). Novam scrutationem negotii physico-magici per virgulam vacillantem detegendi occulta.


    Hafniae (Copenhagen), Typis Joh. G. Höpffneri, 1740. 

  • 4to (19 x 15,2 cm). [2], 46 pp. Disbound with the spine strengthened with a strip of marbled paper. Possibly extracted from a sammelband: it's paginated "1785 - 1832" in manuscript in the upper right hand corner.

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