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    "A book written with clarity... almost unprecedented in early chemistry."

    Johann Rudolph Glauber. A Description of New Philosophical Furnaces, Or A new Art of Distilling, divided into five parts. Whereunto is added a Description of the Tincture of Gold, Or the true Aurum Potabile; Also, The First part of the Mineral Work. Set forth and published for the sakes of them that are studious of the Truth. London: Richard Coats for Thomas Williams, 1651. First English edition. Small quarto. A-3O4, with blank 2Q1. [16], 452, [12] pages. Numerous woodcuts, several full-page. Contemporary sheep, rebacked with gilt spine and titling label, Masonic bookplate of "Supreme Council 33¼" dated 1900; contents lightly browned, scattered contemporary corrections in ink, oxidized stain in blank outer margin of approximately thirty leaves in middle with some chipping (no text affected), front endpapers chipped; hole in rear blank endsheet. Still, a good copy. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    "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). "A book written with clarity... almost unprecedented in early chemistry." (DSB). 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).

    Wing G846. ESTC r202215. Thomason E. 649 [3]. Norman 909. Krivatsy/NLM 4785. Duveen 252. Pritchard 358. Bruning 1791. Neville I, 532. Edelstein 1006. Ferchl 187. Ferguson I, 329 (not in Young Collection). Hoover 363. Moran 318. Smith 197. Waring 280.

    Glauber, Johann Rudolph. A Description Of New Philosophical Furnaces, Or A new Art of Distilling, divided into five parts. Whereunto is added a Description of the Tincture of Gold, Or the true Aurum Potabile; Also, The First part of the Mineral Work. Set forth and published for the sakes of them that are studious of the Truth.
    London: Richard Coats for Thomas Williams,
    1651. Small 4to. A-3O4. with blank 2Q1. [16],452,[12]p. Contemp. sheep, rebacked with git spine and titling label, Masonic bookplate of Supreme Coouncil 33¼ dated 1900; contents lightly browned, scattered contemporary corrections in ink, oxidized stain in blank outer margin of approx. 30 leaves in middle with some chipping (no text affected), front endpapers chipped; , hole in rear blank endsheet. Numerous woodcuts, several full-page. First English Edition. 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.]
    "A book written with clarity... almost unprecedented in early chemistry," [DSB]
    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.]

    Wing G846. ESTC r202215. Thomason E.649[3].Norman 909. Krivatsy/NLM 4785. Duveen 252. Pritchard 358. Bruning 1791. Neville I,532. Edelstein 1006. Ferchl 187. Ferguson I,329 (not in Young Coll.). Hoover 363. Moran 318. Smith 197.Waring 280. Occult. Alchemy. Chemistry. Science.Medicine. Distillation. Wine. Gold.



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