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L'hydre morbifique exterminée par l Hercule chimerique
Paris, Du Mesnil, 1628. FIRST EDITION. 8vo. pp. [xlii] 576. Roman letter, some Italic. Finely engraved frontispiece title, (fractionally trimmed at outer edge), Louis XIII above, Hippocrates and Paracelsus to the sides, extra illustrated with another architectural title page taken from L Ouverture de L Escolle de Philosophie Transmutatoire Metalique 1633, with alchemical symbolism, finely engraved portrait of the Author within roundel (fractionally trimmed at outer edge), woodcut initials and headpieces, typographical ornaments, modern bookplate of Maurice Villaret on pastedown. Age yellowing, the rare marginal spot. A good copy, the engraved t-p s in fine dark impression, in contemporary vellum over boards, a little soiled, a.e.r. Very rare first edition of this most interesting medical work based on astrology and alchemy, beautifully printed with a fine engraved portrait of the author and hermetic title, with an additional beautifully engraved alchemical title. An author who deserves greater attention than he has received is David de Planis Campy (1589-ca.1644), who produced ten works on medical chemistry and traditional alchemy. He was a councillor and Chirurgien ordinaire to Louis XIII, and his works were collected and published in a folio volume in 1646. He wrote that alchemy is a science that teaches the means of separating the elements of each mixed body produced by nature and of separating the pure from the impure. A. G. Debus, The French Paracelsians . Planis Campy wrote on phlebotomy, musket wounds, the plague, and mineral and chemical remedies. He made several re … [Click Below for Full Description]
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