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CAMPY, David De Planis.:
L'OUVERTURE DE L'ESCOLLE DE PHILOSOPHIE TRANSMUTATOIRE METALLIQUE,
Paris, Charles Sevestre, 1633.. ou, la plus saine et veritable explication & consiliation de tous les stiles desquels les philosophes anciens se sont servis en traictant de l'oeuvre Physique, sont amplement declarees. SECOND EDITION, 1633, French text. Small 8vo, 170 x 105 mm, 6½ x 4¼ inches, PORTRAIT, ENGRAVED TITLE PAGE AND THREE PRELIMINARY PAGES LACKING, DEDICATION? otherwise main text complete, printed TITLE PAGE present, large woodcut with pelican at centre on verso of final leaf, woodcut headpieces and initials, pages, 26, 185, (3), The 3 preliminary leaves missing are before the Preface and Contents Table which are both complete, bound in full antique mottled calf, raised bands with gilt decoration in compartments, gilt lettered morocco label. Binding worn, corners rounded and showing cardboard at tips, upper hinge cracked, lower hinge starting, covers holding firmly on the cords, 20 mm (¾ inch) chip at head of spine, 5 mm (¼ inch) missing at tail, front inner paper hinge cracked, some old ink writing on endpapers, age-browning throughout, mostly light, early signature on title page and on last page of text, Preface pages have been faintly numbered, some underlining and emphasis marks in the margins, a couple of ink spots on the Preface, no loss, occasional pale damp stains, ink notes in 10 margins, tip of 3 top corners missing, small hole in 2 pages with loss of 2 letters, small closed tear to 1 lower corner, neatly repaired wih no loss of text, couple of small ink marks on final woodcut. Text block tight and firm. Acceptable defective copy of very rare book, ( … [Click Below for Full Description]
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