1704 - Rouen, Guillaume Behourt. 12mo
- 2ff. 256pp. 2ff.
Full contemporary calf binding in good
condition. Ends of spine chipped. Interior complete and in very
Rare and highly estimated alchemical
work. It contains the first French translations and commentaries
of Philaletes and Starkey. In particular, the 11th chapter of
Philaletes' "revealed secret" and his "commentary
on the twelve gates of Ripley", the traduction of the 20
stanzas of the poem "Medulla Alchimiae", the dialog
of Philalethes on the "Secret of the Alkaest", the
traduction of the chapters IX to XIII of the "Pyrotechny"
of Starkey, the commentary on the "dissolvant universel
de Paracelse et Van-Helmont" by Starkey, and his reflexions
on the making of the Alkaest.
¶ "Ouvrage curieux et fort estimé" Lenglet-Dufresnoy
Hist. de la philosophie hermétique - Caillet n 6550 (only the
1706 ed.) - Duveen p.353 - Nourry cat. alchimie 1927 n 262 -
Guaïta n 1551 "L'un des ouvrages anciens d'alchimie les plus
curieux" - Not in Dorbon