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De secretis naturae sive quinta essentia libri duo. Including : ALBERTUS MAGNUS . De mineralibus & rebus metallicis libri quinque. Quae omnia solerti cura repurgata rerum naturae studiosis recens publicata sunt per ... Gualtherum H. Ryff, ... Venice, Peter Schoeffer the younger, 1542. 8vo. With 1 full-page and 7 half-page woodcut illustrations in text, showing an oven, distilling equipment and other chemical apparatus. 18th-century sheepskin parchment, marbled pastedowns.
Caillet 6858; Duveen, p. 369; Ferguson, Bib. Chem. II, p. 54; Ferguson, Books of Secrets 544; ICCU 031206; cf. Schuh, Magnus (other eds. of De Mineralibus); for Lullius: Thorndike II, pp. 862-873; for Albertus Magnus: Thorndike II, pp. 517-592. Second edition, edited by Walter Herman Ryff, of two famous tracts attributed to Raymond Lull and Albertus Magnus, two of the most interesting scholars of the Middle Ages. It was first published in this form in 1541 and followed a year later by the present edition "well-produced by Peter Schoeffer's youngest son" (Duveen).De secretis naturae, an alchemical treatise on the quintessence of things, is generally considered to be one of earliest of the many pseudo-Lullian texts. But is in fact a "Lullified" version of John of Rupescissa's De consideratione quintæ essentiae. The De Mineralibus by Albertus Magnus, is a 13th-century treatise on minerals divided into five parts, dealing with stones (parts I-II), metals (parts III-IV), and "intermediates" (part V), which are neither stones nor metals, but have characteristics of both. "De Mineralibus is not a simple lapidary. Even though its background is based in medieval thought, ..., the structure of the text is recognizable in modern textbooks ... With Albertus Magnus' mineralogy, the study of minerals begins to emerge from its embryonic period into a full-fledged science" (Schuh).Peter Schoeffer the younger (ca. 1475/80-1547), son of Gutenberg's assistant, appears to have been one of the most important and innovative punchcutters in history and one of the first whose roman and italic types spread widely internationally. He cut many of the types used in the present work. The book owes the quality of its production, noted by Duveen, partly to the types themselves and partly to the presswork.With owner's inscription of Lodovico Bernardy dated 1725 on first fly-leaf and an earlier owner's inscription on title-page, struck through. With most of the last leaf, containing the colophon, cut off, and faint stains in the first and last leaves, but generally in very good condition.
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