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    An Important Chemistry Manual, Rare in First Edition by an Important (and Notorious) Swiss Chemist

    Christophle [sic] Glaser. Traite de la Chymie. Paris: Chez l'Autheur, 1663. The rare first edition. Small octavo. [xviii], [381], [1, blank] pages. With two fold-out plates inserted throughout. Bound in later quarter brown calf over marbled boards, spine tooled ruled in gilt in compartments, burgundy gilt morocco lettering label, five raised bands, edges stained red, marbled endleaves. Some wear to binding, rear joint cracking, front joint starting (yet both still quite solid), front free endpaper excised, text a bit toned and with some occasional mild foxing. Still, a very good copy of this rare and popular chemistry book (it went through ten editions in twenty-five years). Glaser (1615-1678[?]) was royal apothecary to Louis XIV and the Duke of Orléans. Due to his work on the subject, he has a solid solution of potassium sulfate and sodium named for him (Glaserite). He had been accused of aiding Madame de Brinvilliers in her notorious poisonings, but it is doubtful he participated.

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