Adrian von Mynsicht (1603-1638) is a German physician and alchemist. In his Thesaurus, he gives us his best recipes of ointments, emplatres, liqueurs for medicine. As always at this time, chemistry, alchemy and pharmacopoeia are closely intertwined.
In the Testamentum Hadrianeum following the Thesaurus, we are given in a versified form the secret of the philosopher's stone of Mynsicht.
Rare edition not spotted by Ferguson, nor Caillet.
Rare work of Pierre Jean Fabre (1588-1658) French doctor and alchemist. This Pharmacopoea Chymica is one of his most famous works. He gives all his science very inspired by the work of Paracelsus.
There is a mix of rhinoceros horn, wolf meat, rose tincture ...
In principle this edition is followed by a second part with a separate title page in which the author reports his consultations in Castelnaudary. In our copy only the first part on the pharmacopoeia is present.
Meeting of three works of Oswald Crollius (1560-1609), following the Basicila Chymica we find:
Osvvaldi Crollii praefatio adminitoria, ad lectorem candidum, Venice, Combi, 1643
Osvvaldi Crollii tractatus of signaturis, Venice, Combi, nd
Witnesses of a time or chemistry and alchemy merge these books are an excellent introduction to the Paracelsus system.
Indeed in addition to giving many recipes of ancient medicine in the Basilica Chymica he exposes in his Preface Admonitory and in the Treaty of signatures all the philosophy of the world of Paracelsus.
MAUBEC, Denys de (sieur de Copponay). Le Tombeau de l'envie, où il est prouvé qu'il n'y a qu'une médecine, qui est la Chimique; qu'il n'y a q'un Tempérament & une seule maladie, & par conséquent qu'il ne faut qu'un Remède pour la guérir.
Uncommon work by Denis Maubec de Copponay (also called Denis de Copponay de Grimaldy - 1623-1717) who was "manufacturer of remedies" and the first doctor of the king of Sardinia. He created a chemistry academy in Chambéry (notice bnf).
In this book he opposes the medicine of his time based on the use of simple and the balance of moods by proposing a single alchemical remedy: soluble gold.
He gives here in a very detailed way the secret of manufacture.
Copy of the 1618 edition.
This classical alchimical treatise contains an interesting passage in which Vigenre described the discovery of th crystalline benzoic acid, obtained by the sublimation of gum benzoin (Partington).
GLAUBER, Jean Rodolphe. Miraculum mundi, sive plena perfectaque descriptio admirabilis naturae ac proprietatis potentissimi subiecti, ab antiquis menstruum philosophorum dicti : quo vegetabilia, animalia & mineralia facillime in faluberrima medicamenta, & imperfecta metalla in permanentia ac perfecta transmutari possunt.
Uncommun latin edition of the two most alchimical treatise of Sendivogius. "A new light of Alchymie" and it's "Treatise of Sulphur".
Sethon Alexander spent his life convinced of the reality of alchemy.
Completely disinterested, he went from town to town to convince the most incredulous by making transmutes lead into gold.
The product of its transmutations is given to the public.
His reputation was growing and he was called to the course of the Elector of Saxony, Christian II, where he made a transmutation.
Gold produced withstood all tests. Then told to give her secret. Sethon refused, he was tortured and imprisoned in vain.
He was released by Michael Sendivogius to whom he gave his supply of philosopher's stone and manuscripts. He died shortly afterwards from his injuries.
After marrying his widow, Sendivogius Sethon treaties under the name of Cosmopolitan.
KEIL, Christoph Heinrich. Compendiöses doch vollkommenes philosophisches hand-büchlein, das ist : philosophische grund-sätze zur universal-tinctur auf menschen und metallen, womit alle wahre philosophi so von der welt bis hieher gewesen sind, übereinstimmen, als welches der wahre grund alle philosophische bücher gründlich zu verstehen, und die höchste medicin zu machen.
It is only recently that the author of this rare treatise has been identified through the work of Didier Kahn. François Alary is also the author of the famous Texte d'Alchymie, et le songe-verd.
"It is a very curious effusion in which the author attemps to prove the reality of the Hermetic Science and the correctness of the views of Paracelsus" (Duveen).
LEMERY (Nicolas) augmenté par BARON. Cours de chymie contenant la manière de faire les opérations qui sont en usage dans la Médecine par une Méthode facile. Avec des raisonnemens sur chaque Opération, pour l'Instruction de ceux qui veulent s'appliquer à cette science. Nouvelle édition Revue, corrigée & augmentée.
French chemist, Nicolas LEMERY was born at Rouen on the 17th of November 1645. After learning pharmacy in his native town he became a pupil of C. Glaser's in Paris, and then went to Montpellier, where he began to lecture on chemistry. He next established a pharmacy in Paris, still continuing his lectures. Lemery did not concern himself much with theoretical speculations, but holding chemistry to be a demonstrative science, confined himself to the straightforward exposition of facts and experiments. In consequence, his lecture-room was thronged with people of all sorts, anxious to hear a man who shunned the barren obscurities of the alchemists, and did not regard the quest of the philosopher's stone and the elixir of life as the sole end of his science. Of his Cours de chymie (1675) he lived to see 13 editions, and for a century it maintained its reputation as a standard work.
The 1756's edition (the first one in 4to) is considered by Dorbon and P.Larousse as the best one. The only difference with our edition (1757) is the title engraving which is without the artist signature.
Important eighteenth century alchemical manuscript in an amazing lock binding to protect the secrets it contains.
The writer, unknown, has collected in this manuscript an important sum dealing with different aspects of alchemy.
The first part (p.1 to 192) of the manuscript deals with the operative alchemy with numerous Secrets of Chymie and Alchemy.
The operations of the alchemical work are detailed,
The second part deals with spiritual alchemy (pages 193 to 394).
It is presented in the form of a Collection of letters written by a philosopher Adept with two Answers of a wandering philosopher.
The letters of the adept are signed D.L.C. and dated 1673 and 1675, those of the wandering philosopher being signed D.P. (Desport.) Phil. Indigne (p.336) or Ph.Indigne.
We did not find a print edition of these first two parts.
The last part consists mainly of the transcript of Respour's alchemy treatise: "Rares experiences sur l'esprit minéral" published in 1668. There are some differences in the text, but very marginal, but surprisingly the title to the manuscript is different ("Expériences rares et occultes sur l'esprit minéral, ou est enseignée la manière de faire les agens nécessaires, qui ont été jusqu'à aujourd'hui inconnus et cachez par les anciens Philosophes pour la transmutation des corps metalliques" and announced as being translated from the Latin, while this treaty was written in French (and is also claimed as such in the preface).
The treatise of Respour is "one of the most curious dealing with the philosopher's stone" (Caillet) and is known to chemists because it is certainly the first time that the word "zinc" is used.
At the end there are some extract of Basil Valentine.
This manuscript contains some brief scholarly annotations, in another hand, judging the quality of the manuscript and in particular the second part on spiritual alchemy.
MUTUS LIBER || MAGOPHON. Le livre d'Images sans Paroles (Mutus Liber) où toutes les opérations de la Philosophie Hermétique sont décrites et représentées. Réédité d'après l'original et précédé d'un Hypotypose explicative par Magophon.
Only 285 copies printed, all in japan paper and signed by Nourry.
Important edition of the famous Mutus Liber, with the first edition of the interesting and erudite commentary of Magophon (pseudonym of the bookseller specialized in Occult Sciences, Pierre Dujols).
[DE PLANIS CAMPY, David]. L’ouverture de l’Ecole de Philosophie transmutatoire métallique.
Par David de Planis Campy, chirurgien du roy. Transcrit sur un imprimé fait à Paris, chés Charles Sylvestre, rue des Amandiers au Pelican en 1637.
Manuscript copy from the eighteenth century of this important alchemical work. With 8 pages from and othe hand of alchemical notes (2 at the beginning and 8 at the end).
Interesting work in which Planis Campy introduces its readers to alchemy.
He explains the different steps of the realization of the philosopher's stone, dedicating a long chapter on the prima materia.
He then explains the operations, always starting from the texts of the philosophers.
Conti, an Italian alchemist of Macerata, first published this work at Venice in 1661. "In it he distinguishes the liquor Alchaest of Helmont from the philosophers' stone. He states that the Alchaest was real and not a mere fancy of Helmont, and that he was finally succeeded in working it out, but knows that the reader would not wish him to reveal it openly to the vulgar" (Thorndike).
The miracles of art and nature referred to in the title are the liquor Alchaest and the philosopher's stone. (Neville).
Second issue (first in 1704).
Leon Le Pelletier was a celebrated French alchimist.
The present work is the french translation of extracts from writtings of Eirenaeus Philaletha and Georges Starkey, with additionnal commentary from certain works of Van Helmont.
Our alchemist in this book develops the principles of Paracelsus and Van Helmont on Alkaest or universal solvent.
Alkaest is a milestone in the realization of the philosopher's stone. By dissolving the body in their primitive matter, it allows alchemists isolate the raw metals.
LORRIS Guillaume de & MEUNG Jean de. Le Roman de la Rose, par Guillaume de Lorris & Jean de Meun, dit Clopinel.
Revu sur plusieurs éditions & sur quelques anciens manuscrits. Accompagné de plusieurs autres ouvrages, d'une préface historique, de notes & d'un glossaire.
BARBA, Alvarez Alphonse. Traité de l'art metalique, extrait des Oeuvres d'Alvarez Alfonse Barba, célèbre artiste dans les mines du Potozi, auquel on a joint un mémoire concernant les mines de France; avec un Tarif qui démontre les opérations qu'il faudroit faire pour tirer de ces mines l'or et l'argent qu'en tiroient les Romains lorsqu'ils étoient maîtres de Gaules.
Rare treaty on witchcraft and magic of the sixteenth century.
Lyon first edition (first in 1591), well complete with the last blank leaf (with old manuscript notes).
The book is divided into three parts. The first deals with different aspects of magic, the second is about dreams and their interpretation and the last on astrology.
Second French edition of this collection of treatises on alchemy of Oswald Croll, one of the first disciples of Paracelsus, translated by the surgeon Jean Marcel Boleyn.
The book is divided into three treaties:
- The first offers a admonitoire Preface, containing the very deep mysteries & Philosophy rarest of both natural grace, reaching the excellence of medicine Chymical, and magnitude of the Microcosm;
- The second is "la Royalle chymie de Crollius", describing various remedies and recipes of Medicine;
- The third one, separate pagination, is finally a Traict signatures, or true and deep anatomy of the great and little world. This part contains many signs and alchemical symbols often lacking.
Edition with engraved title page.
Second edition of this important collection of eight alchemical works Lull :
- Testamentum novissimum
- Elucidatio testamenti
- Lux mercuriorum
- Liber artis compendiosae qui vade mecum nuncupatur
- Compendium animae transmutationis metallorum
- Epistola accurationis lapidis
- De medicinis secretissimis.