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Traitez du Cosmopolite. 1691. Rare first edition

[SENDIVOGIUS (Michel)]. Le Cosmopolite. Traitez du Cosmopolite, Nouvellement découverts. Où après avoir donné une idée d'une Société de Philosophes, on explique dans plusieurs lettres de cet autheur la théorie et la pratique des véritez hermétiques. 

Paris, Laurent D'Houry, 1691.

12mo (151x82 mm), 238 pages.  illustration : One woodcut hieroglyph that illustrates the essence of the hermetic science.  binding : Contemporary full brown calf. Spine gilt in six compartments with raised bands, titled in gilt on lettering-piece. Gilt rolls on edges. Browned paper, a very light waterstain. Caps and corners worn.

Rare first edition.
"A collection of fifty-three letters on alchemy, purportedly written by Sendivogius, who was known in France as the Cosmopolite. The letters are dated from 9 February 1646 to 22 January 1647, with a further undated letter. As he died in 1636, these letters could not have been written by Sendivogius: there were written by an anonymous alchemist who attributed them to Sendivogius. In the beginning of the book a proposal is made to form a society of alchemists, and the rules of the society are set out in a series of articles. At the end of the book is a summary of the alchemical content of the letters, with a woodcut hieroglyph that illustrates the essence of the hermetic science." (Neville).

references: Guaita [972] : « Très rare ». Duveen [545], Caillet [III, 10131], Dorbon [4552]. Neville [II, 455].

Price : 1750 €

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