This Elsevier edition, is illustrated with an engraved frontispiece - representing the decapitation of King Charles I of England and the Fire of London - and a portrait of Nostradamus.
The portrait is "before the legend." This state is very rare, not mentioned in the bibliograpihies
Very nice copy in a morocco binding richly gilded signed Capé.
[LEVEQUE DE LA RAVALIERE, P.-A.]. Les poésies du roy de Navarre, avec des notes & un glossaire françois. Précédées de l'histoire des Révolutions de la Langue Françoise, depuis Charlemagne jusqu'à Saint-Louis; d'un discours sur l'Ancienneté des Chansons Françoises, & de quelques autres pièces.
First edition of this oriental tale. It tells o the adventures of a devout Muslim, Abdalla, in search of water that gives eternal youth.
This first edition is rare, especially when complete of the two frontispieces and the eleven plates.
MICHAËLIS, P.F. Sébastien. Histoire admirable de la possession et conversion d'une pénitente, séduite par un magicien, la faisant sorcière & princesse des sorciers au païs de Provence, conduite à la Scte Baume pour y estre exorcizée l'an M. DC. X. au mois de Nouembre
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Discours des esprits en tant qu'il est de besoin, pour entendre & résoudre la matière difficile des Sorciers.
The "Histoire admirable de la possession et conversion d'une pénitente, " is a rare work of sorcery which traces the history of Louis Gaufridy, burnt alive as a sorcerer, by a decree of the Parliament of Aix of April 30, 1611, and which contains the record of the exorcisms practiced from 27 November 1610 to 23 April 1611 on two Ursulines of Aix, Magdaleine of Demandouls and Louyse Capeau
Bound after is the "Discours des esprits", a rare Treaty of demonology, one of the most complete (Dorbon).
The first edition was published in 1587 under the title "Pneumalogie ou discours des esprits".
This work is on the devil, witches, incubi and succubi, ...
A very good copy.
Among the mechanical inventions depicted in Grollier de Serviere's Cabinet are those for propelling ships, making elevations, various kinds of clocks, lamps, mechanical figures, mills, optical contrivances and geometrical instruments.
Very rare first french edition of one of the most comprehensive and esteemed treaties of astrology.
Our copy contains the eight pages "de la façon de construire la figure céleste" which are often missing.
[PONCE, Nicolas] || LAVATER. Le Lavater historique des femmes célèbres, des temps anciens et modernes; orné de douze portraits et de douze figures d'expressions, gravés en taille douce, d'après le meilleurs originaux. Par M. P.
The famous purgative powder of Ailhaud true "universal medicine" is a preparation of scammony that cured all diseases.
Its success was enormous and made the richness of its inventor.
This book is a defense of this remedy against the growing criticism of the physicians of the time.
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GOCLENIUS, Rodolphus (Rudolf GÖCKEL). • Tractatus De Magnetica curatione vulneris citra ullam & superstitionem, & dolorem, & remedij applicationem
•• Tractatus De Portentosis luxuriosis ac monstrosis nostri seculi convivijs.
Second edition of "Tractatatus Magnetic". This is one of the first work on magnetic medicine.
Mesmer reproduced in the late eighteenth century the same theory, as a general principle of physics, and as a special agent and healing.
Goclenius mixes the physical processes with exorcisms, which were primarily intended to act on the imagination.
This doctrine, which had many supporters, found in the world a lot of opponents, at whose head we must place the Jesuit Roberti, who published a paper denouncing idolatry of Protestants and their propensity for magic and witchcraft.
Bound with the first edition of Tractatus De Portentosis.
RARE COPY WITH THE ARMS OF FRANÇOIS-AUGUSTE DE THOU.
Pharmacist born in Uzès in 1618, Charas studied chemistry at Orange, then he came early to Paris, where he was appointed demonstrator in chemistry at the royal garden of the king.
His writings are still marked by the alchemical theories.
His pharmacy is the fruit of his lectures given in Paris and his studied. It had a great success, was reprinted many times and was translated into all European languages and even in Chinese for the convenience of the Emperor.
There are descriptions of many preparations, recipes and other remedies panacea.
Rare first edition, dedicated to Colbert.
Beautiful allegorical engraved frontispiece six engraved plates of copper furnaces, tools, pots and retorts, chemical symbols, etc..
Copy with the manuscript ex libris of Henry Charas, a son of Moses and who was also an apothecary.
COPY ON LARGE PAPER, RICHLY BOUND IN A CONTEMPORARY MOROCCO.
COPY OF HENRY CHARAS.
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.
"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")
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