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HJAERNE (or HIÄRNE), Urban
Actorum Chemicorum Holmiensium
cum Annotationibus Joh. Gotschalk Wallerii. Engraved folding allegorical frontis. & two folding engraved plates. xviii, [2], 283 pp., [7] pp., one leaf of errata; xi, [1], 194, [10] pp. Two vols. 8vo, cont. calf (joints a little cracked but strong, some rubbing), spines gilt, red morocco lettering pieces on spines. Stockholm: L. Salvi, 1753. Second edition (1st ed.: 1712), greatly enlarged with the addition of an entire second volume, edited by Wallerius. These two volumes contain the account of the work done at the Royal Laboratory in Stockholm during some of its most fruitful years. Hjärne (1641-1724), studied medicine at Uppsala, travelled and studied in England, France, and Germany, and was appointed by Charles XI director of the Royal Laboratory in 1683. "The most important result of his travels was an advanced grounding in analytical and experimental chemistry, which he acquired chiefly during three years of study in Paris with the famous Christopher Glaser... "Hiärne and several interested colleagues established a chemical research laboratory, which later became a national institution under the Board of Mines. Hiärne was appointed head of this Laboratorium Chemicum and simultaneously was named ordinary assessor at the Board of Mines (he became the board's vice-president in 1713). Hiärne set forth as the main purposes of the laboratory the examination of minerals and ores and the discovery of useful inventions. Extensive pharmaceutical research was also included in his program, and it is clear from detailed records how much Hiärne cherished the field of spagyric p … [Click Below for Full Description]
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