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Giovanni Battista Nazari
Il Metamorfosi Metallico et Humano Nelquale Si Contengono Quatro Sogni Il Primo De Quali
Brescia: Francesco Marchetti al Segno dell' Ancora, 1564. This work mostly speaks of the alchemical transformation of metals but also discusses humans. It is an extended allegory in the form of several dreams. The title loosely translates into English as 'Metallic and Human Metamorphosis: Which Contains four Dreams, The first of them and the sophisticated metal mutation, the second of the real transformation or the alchemy of metals; the third of physical transformation of human bodies and the fourth of the spiritual transformation in Christ: new in light to useful, and commodious of every curious ingenuity.' Through the dreams the author meets several symbolic figures who lead him to realise the errors, deceptions and falsehoods of alchemy. The first edition of this work. Later editions of this work were titled Della Tramutatione Metallica Sogni Tre.. and issued in 1572 and 1599. In the original Italian. With only one of the original two full page woodcuts to this work. In addition to this full page woodcut there is a printer's colophon to the verso of title page and an illuminated letter to the first leaf of text. Collated, lacking leaves G3 and G4 and therefore numbered pages 27 and 28. To the verso of leaf G4 is a full page illustration which is therefore missing from the work as above. Very little is known about Nazari, but he was a sixteenth century alchemist. He has been mentioned through history by other fellow alchemists. An extremely early and fascinating work on alchemy. This very scarce work is likely to have been extremely influential in the forthcoming influx … [Click Below for Full Description]
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