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    First English Edition of Glauber's Works on the Occult, Alchemy and Medicine

    Johann Rudolf Glauber. The Works...Containing Great Variety of Choice Secrets In Medicine and Alchymy In the Working of Metallick Mines, and the Separation of Metals: Also, Various Cheap and Easie Ways of making Salt-petre, and Improving of Barren-Land and the Fruits of the Earth... London: Thomas Milbourn for the Author, 1689. First English Edition. Folio. Π1, A2, a1, b2, B-5U2; A-3K2, A-2C2. [12], 372, 373-6ff, 377, 440, [4], 220, 92, [12] pages. Modern quarter calf, spine banded, title gilt. Title-page slightly soiled, a very nice copy overall, with wide-margins, paper in good crisp condition, the plates are very well struck. Ten full-page illustrations (it lacks the duplicated frontispiece plate, and the folding plate has been trimmed to fit with a little loss to the border and the tops of the letterpress in the seal facing Rr1v). There is some confusion about the number of plates in the full complement. There are ten different plates with the one facing Part 1, page 189 duplicated and used as a frontispiece (here used as the frontispiece). This matches the description of the Huntington and National Library of Medicine copies and the eleven plates called for by Ferguson. Many copies have only ten plates, as this one (for obvious reasons) or only six (i.e. Hoover). One large text cut on Ss1. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Glauber (1603-1668) apparently self-taught, read books on alchemy, experimented, and conversed with others to educate himself. "After many years of travel, study, and experiment, during which he acquired an extensive knowledge of chemistry, pharmacy, geology, mineralogy, and technology, Glauber in 1646 went to Holland; he settled in 1648 in Amsterdam, where he had a large laboratory, called a 'Hermetic Institute'..." (Partington, 341). The "Furni Novi" is Glauber's most famous work and his first, "This is certainly one of the most remarkable books on chemistry of the seventeenth century." (Ferguson). It "...contains most of his important chemical discoveries..." (Partington). The work on potable gold was Glauber's first published treatise and in it he stated that it, "...is next to the philosopher's stone the most outstanding of all medicines, and that there is no difference between them." (Thorndike VII, 201). The Works... was published by subscription with 191 subscribers listed, including such luminaries as Robert Boyle, Thomas Browne, and William Penn.

    Wing G845. ESTC r21872. Bruning 2643. Ferguson I, 322. Wellcome III,124. Krivatsy/NLM 4769. Hoover 367. Neu 1695. Sotheran 8466. Bolton I, 483-4. Partington II, 344C. Pritchard 360. Neville I, 534.

    Glauber, Johann Rudolf. The Works...Containing Great Variety of Choice Secrets In Medicine and Alchymy In the Working of Metallick Mines, and the Separation of Metals: Also, Various Cheap and Easie Ways of making Salt-petre, and Improving of Barren-Land and the Fruits of the Earth... London: Thomas Milbourn for the Author, 1689. Folio. ¹1,A2,a1,b2,B-5U2;A-3K2,A-2C2. [12],372, 373-6ff,377-440,[4],220,92,[12]pp. Modern 1/2 calf, spine banded, title gilt; t.p. slightly soiled, a very nice copy overall, with wide-margins, paper in goood crisp condition, the plates are very well struck. 10 full-page illustrations (it lacks the duplicated frontispiece plate, and the folding plate has been trimmed to fit with a little loss to the border and the tops of the letterpress in the seal facing Rr1v). There is some confusion about the number of plates in the full complement. There are 10 different plates with the one facing Part 1, p189 duplicated and used as a frontispiece ( here ued as the frontispiece). This matches the description of the Huntington and National Library of Medicine copies and the 11 plates called for by Ferguson. Many copies have only 10 plates, as this one (for obvious reasons) or only 6 (i.e. Hoover). One large text cut on Ss1. First English Edition of the works. Glauber (1603-1668) apparently self-taught, read books on alchemy, experimented, and conversed with others to educate himself. "After many years of travel, study, and experiment, during which he acquired an extensive knowledge of chemistry, pharmacy, geology, mineralogy, and technology, Glauber in 1646 went to Holland; he settled in 1648 in Amsterdam, where he had a large laboratory, called a 'Hermetic Institute'..." Partington,341. The "Furni Novi" is Glauber's most famous work and his first, "This is certainly one of the most remarkable books on chemistry of the seventeenth century," Ferguson. It "...contains most of his important chemical discoveries," Partington. The work on potable gold was Glauber's first published treatise and in it he stated that it, "...is next to the philosopher's stone the most outstanding of all medicines, and that there is no difference between them." Thorndike VII,201.
    The complete works was published by subscription with 191 subscribers listed, including such luminaries as Robert Boyle, Thomas Browne, and William Penn. Wing G845 .ESTC r21872. Bruning 2643. Ferguson I,322. Wellcome III,124. Krivatsy/NLM 4769. Hoover 367. Neu 1695. Sotheran 8466. Bolton I,483-4. Partington II, 344C. Pritchard 360. Neville I,534. Occult. Alchemy.Science. Medicine. Chemistry. Metals.Mining. Minerals. Kabbalah. Economics.



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