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Cours de Chymie. Lemery. 1757. THE BEST COURSE OF FRENCH CHEMISTRY

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. 

Paris, Laurent-Charles d'Houry, 1757.

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.

Rare set of alchemical works of Glauber. 1659

GLAUBER, Jean Rodolphe. 1. La description des nouveaux fourneaux philosophiques, ou art distillatoire par le moyen duquel sont tirez les esprits, Huiles, Fleurs, & autres médicaments: Par une voye aisée & avec grand profit, des Vegetaux, Animaux, & Mineraux. Avec leur usage, tant dans la chymie, que dans la Medecine. Mis en lumiere en faveur des Amateurs de la Vérité par Jean Rodolphe Glauber et traduit en nostre langue par le Siuer Du Teil
2. Première [seconde, troisième] partie de l’oeuvre minérale, où est enseignée la séparation de l’Or des Pierres à feu, Sable, Argile, et autres Fossiles, par l’Esprit de Sel, ce qui ne se peut faire par autre voye. Comme aussi une Panacée, ou Médecine niverselle, antimoniale, & son usage.
3. La teinture de l'or ou le véritable or potable
4. Traitté de la Médecine universelle, ou le vray or potable.
5. La consolation des navigants. Dans laquelle est enseigné à ceux qui voyagent sur mer un moyen de se garantir de la faim & de la soif, voire mesme des ma

Paris, Thomas Jolly, 1659.

First french translation of the alchemical works of Glauber by Du Teil.
Five major texts of Glauber, contemporary bound in two volumes.
We have not found a such collection in any bibliographies.
The "description des nouveaux fourneaux philosophiques" is complete of all illustrations an with the "Annotations" that is often missing.
Glauber is the Paracelsus of his time (Hoefer). He made many discoveries in chemistry (he discovered the sodium sulfate was then called Glauber's salt and is one of the first to glimpse the existence of chlorine).
Like Paracelsus, Glauber support operations and alchemical theories.
In this book, that Ferguson considers as one of the most remarkable 17th century books of chemistry, Glauber describes the manufacture of furnaces and their use for the distillation, the preparation of oils,'' the extraction, separation metals and manufacture of salves.
Not in Young, Duveen, Neville ...

The 'appendix is bound at the head of Volume 2. Following are bound with separate pagination and title pages the three parts of the "'Oeuvre minérale" the the "La teinture de l'or", "le traitté de la Médecine universelle" and finally the "la consolation des navigants".

Nice copy, probably unique, of these alchemical texts of Glauber.

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