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Geber [JABIR ibn HAYYAN] (13th c.)
Alchemiae Gebri Arabis philosophi solertissimi, Libri cum ReliquisBound with:Geber [JABIR ibn HAYYAN] (13th c.); Braccesco, Giovanni (1494 ?after 1561); Pseudo-Llull, Ramon (?1232-1316) De Alchemia Dialogi II. Quorum prior, Genuinam libroru[u] Gebri sententiam, de industria ab authore celatam, & figurato sermone inuolutam retegit, & certis argumentis probat ; Alter Raimundi Lullij Maioricani, Mysteria in lucem producit ; Quibus praemittuntur propositiones centum uiginti nouem, idem argumentum compendiosa brevitate complectentes.Nuremberg: Johann Petreius, 1548
Mathias Apiarius (Biener) for Johann Petreius,, Bern, 1545. Quarto: I. [16], 302, [2] p. aa-bb4, a-z4, A-P4. II. [127] p. A-Q4 The Main Chemical Textbooks of Medieval EuropeWith the Oldest Known Bookplate of a German Pharmacist I. ?Alchemiae Libri? (1545) Second edition of this extremely important and early collection of alchemical writings. The identity of Geber with the eighth-century alchemist Jabir ibn Hayyan is still a matter of dispute. ?Even on the slender basis of our present knowledge, Jabir appears already as a very great personality, one of the greatest in mediaeval science.??Sarton, I, p. 532. Certainly, De Alchimia and the other works of the Geber corpus were of the greatest influence on Western chemistry, and ?whether they be translations or elaborations, they represent the amount of Arabic chemical knowledge made available to Latin reading people toward the end of the thirteenth century?they represent the best Latin knowledge on chemistry in that period.??Sarton, II, p. 1044. The present collection contains four treatises by Geber/Jabir ibn Hayyan: 1. Summa perfectionis. 2. Liber de investigatione perfectionis (the earliest description of the preparation of nitric acid and aqua regia). 3. Liber de inventione veritatis sive perfectionis. 4. Liber fornacum (a practical text on chemical operations). ?We find in them remarkably sound views on methods of chemical research; a theory on the geologic formation of metals; the so-called sulphur-mercury theory of metals (the six metals differ essentially because of different proportions of sulphur and mercury in them); … [Click Below for Full Description]
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