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PANTHEO, Giovanni Agostino.
Voarchadumia contra alchimiam: ars distincta ab archimia, et sophia: cum additionibus, proportionibus, numeris et figuris opportunis Ioannis Augustini Panthei Veneti sacerdotis.
Venice, [Giovanni Tacuino], 1530. 4to, ff. 69; title and f. 2v printed in four colours (yellow, green, red and gold, the gold oxidised), title within a woodcut architectural border printed in black and yellow, two headlines (f. 7r and f. 8v) printed in yellow, with a double-page map of Venice and 11 full-page woodcut illustrations; without the final blank; contemporary marginal annotation in margin of f. 42r and some early underlining; some light soiling, part of fore-edge of title cut away and neatly repaired (not affecting image); old vellum.first edition, first issue of this rare alchemical work, highly unusual for its early use of four-colour printing. Pantheo was a Venetian priest who published, in 1518, the alchemical Ars transmutationis metallicae. 'Portions of this were reproduced in the Voarchadumia in 1530, but [it] is quite a distinct work and is much enlarged. Pantheus wrote against spurious alchemy and he deals partly with the assay of gold, which is illustrated by drawings of rolling mills, furnaces of various sorts with the accompanying apparatus and a balance and weights, and partly with the chemical preparation of various substances which were made at Venice in his time and were used in the arts. He describes, for example, the manufacture of white lead and of an alloy for mirrors Pantheus was a priest of Venice, but seems nevertheless to have been devoted to chemical research. The word Voarchadumia – barbarous, as it has been styled by some writers – is compounded, according to the author himself, of a Chaldee word signifying gold, and of a Hebrew expressio … [Click Below for Full Description]
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