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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.

Alchemy. Zacaire. 1574.
Opuscule très-excellent de la vraye Philosophie naturelle des métaulx.
Full morocco binding

ZACAIRE, Denis. Opuscule très-excellent de la vraye Philosophie naturelle des métaulx, traictant de l’augmentation & perfection d’iceux, Avec advertissement d’éviter les folles despences qui se font ordinairement par faute de vraye science.... Avec le traicté de vénérable Docteur Allemand Messire Bernard Comte de la Marche Trevisane sur le mesme subject. 

Lyon, Benoist Rigaud, 1574.

"Denis Zacaire or Dionysius Zacharius (1510?-1560 or 1570?) was born in Guyenne and sent by his parents first to Bordeaux and then to Toulouse, in order to study law. But his masters in both universities were alchemists; and by the time he got to Toulouse, Zacaire carried a notebook of thousands of recipes abstracted from alchemical texts and had committed the funds supplied for his legal studies to the purchase of a laboratory. When his tutor died of a fever contracted during alchemical endeavours, Zacaire's parents discovered his hermetic inclination and cut off his money. They conveniently died soon after, so that Zacaire, at his majority, let out their estate and devoted all of his income to a long series of processes suggested to him by an unknown Italian in Toulouse, an old abbe called the Philosopher. After raising more money from his relatives on the expectation of his going to Paris to seek a legal position, Zacaire executed some one hundred diverse experiments. After three years in Paris, he was commissioned by Antoine d'Albret, King of Navarre, to teach the secrets of alchemy for a very handsome fee. On his return after the completion of this assignment, Zacaire met, as seemed to be his wont, a stray old wise man who advised him to stop collecting processes and to study instead the writings of the masters. After two years he devised an entirely original experiment that, in 1550, yielded the Divine Tincture. Shortly after this success, his new bride murdered him in his sleep at Cologne and escaped with their servant and Zacaire's precious powder. He wrote but one work, Opuscule tres-excellent de la vraye Philosophic naturelle des metaulx (Lyon, Benoist Rigaud, 1574), which included commentaries on the Turba" (in "Alchemy a comprehensive bibliography of the manly P.Hall Collection")

FINE COPY IN FULL MOROCCO BINDING.

Two rare chemical and alchemical works. 1614

BEGUIN, Jean; [SENDIVOGIUS, Michael], [SETHON, Alexandre], Le Cosmopolite. Tyrocinium Chymicum e Naturae Fonte et manuali experimentia depromptum
Relié à la suite [SENDIVOGIUS]. Novum Lumen chymicum. 1614. 

Coloniae, Antonium Boëtzerum, 1614.

Early latin edition (first in 1610) of the Tyrocinium Chymicum bound with a rare edition of the "Novum Lumen chymicum".

The Tyrocinium was the most popular textbook of the time, passing through 50 editions between 1610 and 1669.
General chemistry and iatrochemical preparations are discussed, and the earliest descriptions of certain chemicals are given, with the discovery of which the auteur is credited.

The "Novum Lumen Chymicum" (first in 1604 at Prague and first edition given by Beguin at Paris in 1608) is of one of the most celebrated treatise on alchemy ever published.


Often attributed to Sendivogius, but is in reality from Alexender Sethon.

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 published the Sethon treaties.


Here the evidence of a transmutation performed before the scientific and Wolfgang Jacob Zwinger Deinheim (in de medicina Miberali. Argentorate. 1610)

"In 1602, writes Dr. Dienheim, when in the middle of summer I returned from Rome to Germany, I found myself next to a man singularly spiritual, small in size but big enough, a face colored of a sanguine temperament, wearing a brown beard trimmed to the fashion of France. He was wearing a black satin dress and had every sequence a single servant, that could distinguish among all by his red hair and beard the same color. The man was Alexander was born Sethonius.Il Molia, an island in the ocean. In Zurich, where the priest gave him a letter Tghlin for Dr. Zvinger, we hired a boat and we went by water to Basel. When we arrived in this city, my companion said: -

"You remember that, throughout the trip and the boat. you attacked alchemy and alchemists. You will also recall that I promised to answer, not demonstrations, but by a philosophical action. I still await someone I want to convince the same time as you. so that the opponents of alchemy cease their doubts about this art. "

It was then looking for the man in question, I knew only by sight and who did not live far from our hotel. I learned later that it was Dr Jacob Zvinger, whose family has so many famous naturalists. We went every three workers in a gold mine, with several sheets of lead that had Zvinger removed from his house, a crucible that we took a goldsmith, and sulfur that we bought in ordinary way. Sethon not touched anything. He made the fire, ordered to lead and sulfur in the crucible, place the lid and shake the ground with sticks. Meanwhile, he chatted with us. After a quarter of an hour. He says: -

"Take this little paper in the molten lead, but the middle and try that nothing falls into the fire !...»

In this paper was a pretty heavy powder, a color that seemed to lemon yellow; the rest, he must have good eyes to distinguish. Although also incredulous that St. Thomas himself, we did everything we had ordered. After the mass had been heated about a quarter of an hour, and continuously stirred with rods of iron, the goldsmith was ordered off the pot by pouring water on it, but there was the slightest trace of lead, we found the purest gold, which, in the opinion of the goldsmith, surpassed even as the fine gold of Hungary and Saudi. It weighed as much as lead, which he had taken the place. We sat stunned with astonishment was scarcely dare we believe our eyes. But Sethonius, mocking us:
- "Now, he says, where are you with your pedantry? You see the truth of the matter, and is more powerful than everything, even your sophistry. -

Then he cut a piece of gold, and gave a souvenir to Zvinger. I also kept a piece that weighed about four ducats, and I kept in mind that day. As for you, unbelievers, you will laugh perhaps what I write. But I still live, and I am a witness ready to say what I saw. Zwinger is still alive but he will not keep quiet and will testify about what I say. Sethonius still live and his servant, the latter in England and the first in Germany, as we know. I could even say exactly where he lives, if there were not too indiscreet in which research should engage to find out what happened to this great man, this saint, this half -god. "

Jacob Zwinger, including Dr. Dienheim invokes the testimony, was a physician and professor at Basel, outside of these titles, he enjoyed a high reputation for learning, and he left a highly respected name in the history of German medicine.
This impeccable witness died of the plague in 1610. But from the year 1606, it confirmed until the last detail the story of John Wolfgang Dienheim in a Latin letter Emmanuel Konig, professor at Basel, had printed in his Almanac.
The same letter tells us that before leaving Basel Sethon made a second attempt in the house of the silversmith Andrew Bletz, where he changed in several ounces of gold lead. As for the piece of gold he had given Zwinger, we read in the library of chemical Manget that the family of the doctor kept and made him long to see foreigners and curious.

RARE EDITION OF ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT TREATY ON CONVENTIONAL ALCHEMY.

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