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    Von Der Becke on Acids in the Body,
    and Their Attendant Chemical Reactions

    David von Der Becke. Experimenta et Meditationes, Circa Naturalium Rerum Principia. Quibus Quae fixi & Alcalisati Salis, ante calcinationem in misto praeexistentiam, ac Causas Volatilisationis, obscura aut dubia esse poterant, clar solvuntur, Natu Illustissimae Societatis Regiae Britannicae. Hamburg: Gottfried Schultz, 1674. First edition. Octavo. )(8, A-X8. [14], 335, [1] pages. Engraved emblematic frontispiece by H. von Sornberger with the light of God touching the creatures of the Earth in the "Aqua Emilius". Original [?] paper boards, uncut with fore-edges of varying sizes, bookstamp of the Fürstenbibliothek on verso of title-page and last leaf. A very good copy. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Becke, David von Der. Experimenta et Meditationes, Circa Naturalium Rerum Principia. Quibus Quae fixi & Alcalisati Salis, ante calcinationem in misto praeexistentiam, ac Causas Volatilisationis, obscura aut dubia esse poterant, clar solvuntur, Natu Illustissimae Societatis Regiae Britannicae. Hamburg: Gottfried Schultz, 1674. 8vo. )(8,A-X8. [14],335,[1]p. Original? paper boards, uncut with fore-edges of varying sizes, bookstamp of the Fürstenbibliothek on verso of t.p. & last leaf. Engraved emblematic frontis by H. von Honsberger with the light of God touching the creatures of the Earth in the "Aqua Seminibus". First Edition.

    "First Edition of v. d. Becke's principal work, dedicated to the Royal Society. The author, a German physician (1648-84) was an exponent of Iatrochemistry, a medical theory ascribing all ills to the presence of various acidic bodies in the human body and therefore basing all therapeutic action on chemical reactions provoked by various medicaments. Apparently unknown to the usual authorities." [Duveen]

    "David von der Beck followed Helmont in holding that water or alkali was the matter of all things, while seeds or fire or acid were the formal principal. He was interested in the strange force of imagination and the causes of monstrosities. He believed that seeds contained specific ideas, and that ideas or characters remained in the bodies of animals after death. He accepted the resuscitation of plants." [This book was reviewed in the Philosophical Transactions IX, 60-4; JS VI (1678) 442-46.]

    VD17 39:116757N. Bruning 2280. Hirsch I,412. Krivatsy/NLM 996. Duveen 60. Neu 357. Wellcome II,126. Thorndike VII,236.



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