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L'OUVERTURE DE L'ESCOLLE DE PHILOSOPHIE TRANSMUTATOIRE METALLIQUE,
Paris, Charles Sevestre, 1633.. ou, la plus saine et veritable explication & consiliation de tous les stiles desquels les philosophes anciens se sont servis en traictant de l'oeuvre Physique, sont amplement declarees. SECOND EDITION, 1633, French text. Small 8vo, approximately 170 x 105 mm, 6½ x 4¼ inches, PORTRAIT, ENGRAVED TITLE PAGE AND THREE PRELIMINARY PAGES LACKING, DEDICATION? otherwise main text complete, printed TITLE PAGE present, large woodcut with pelican at centre on verso of final leaf, woodcut headpieces and initials, pages: 26, 185, (3), The 3 preliminary leaves missing are before the Preface and Contents Table which are both complete, bound in full antique mottled calf, raised bands with gilt decoration in compartments, gilt lettered morocco label. Binding worn, corners rounded and showing cardboard at tips, upper hinge cracked, lower hinge starting, covers holding firmly on the cords, 20 mm (¾ inch) chip at head of spine, 5 mm (¼ inch) missing at tail, front inner paper hinge cracked, some old ink writing on endpapers, age-browning throughout, mostly light, early signature on title page and on last page of text, Preface pages have been faintly numbered, some underlining and emphasis marks in the margins, a couple of ink spots on the Preface, no loss, occasional pale damp stains, ink notes in 10 margins, tip of 3 top corners missing, small hole in 2 pages with loss of 2 letters, small closed tear to 1 lower corner, neatly repaired with no loss of text, couple of small ink marks on final woodcut. Text block tight and firm. Acceptable defective copy of a scarce book, (lacking some preliminary pages as noted but main text complete). David de Planis Campy (1589- c.1644) was a councillor and surgeon in ordinary to Louis XIII. He produced 10 works on medical chemistry and traditional alchemy. He was a fervent admirer of Paracelsus and accepted the relationship of the macrocosm and the microcosm and the doctrine of signatures. In this work examining the styles of the hermetic philosophers who treated of alchemy he singles out the Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus as the text in which the secret work of nature is uniquely well expressed. See: Bibliotheca Chemica by John Ferguson, Volume II, page 204-5; A Catalogue of Printed Books in the Wellcome Historical Medical Library, Volume I, No. 5081; Duveen, Bibliotheca Alchemica et Chemica lists only the collected works published in 1646; Manuel Bibliographique des Sciences Psychiques ou Occultes by Albert Caillet, Tome 3 page 292, No. 8724; Not in Brunet's Manuel Du Librarire. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.
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