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Opera mineralia, sive de lapide philosophico, omnia, duobus libris comprehensa.Middelburg, Richard Schilders, 1600. 8vo. With dozens of small woodcut illustrations in the text. Contemporary vellum; in modern green half morocco slipcase and green cloth chemise.
- Duveen, p. 300; Honeyman 1761 (this copy); Partington II, pp. 203-208 & item 1; STCN (5 copies). The first edition of any work by the mysterious Johannes Isaac Hollandus, a Latin translation of a German manuscript of his treatises on mineralogy, alchemy and the philosopher's stone, and especially on the use of metal oxides to colour stones and crystals to make fake gems and precious stones. The charming little woodcuts show distilling and other equipment.Little is known about Johannes Isaac Hollandus (active 1572-1610?), but the Görlitz astronomer Bartholomeus Scultetus had a German manuscript of some of his treatises on mineralogy that survives in the form of a copy made in Prague in 1572 and Ben Jonson's 1610 play The Alchemists refers to him apparently as still living. His name suggests he was a Dutchman living abroad, but if his father was called Isaac Hollandus, as has been claimed, he may have been born abroad in a Dutch family.With the red morocco bookplate of Robert Honeyman IV. In very good condition, with only a minor transparent stain at the head of the last few leaves and a small marginal rust hole in 1 leaf. Contemporary binding also very good. [Attributes: First Edition]
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