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    Classically Illustrated Work on The Art of Distillation

    John French. The Art Of Distillation, Or A Treatise of the choisest Spagyricall Preparations performed by way of Distillation...Together With The Description of the chiefest Furances and Vessels...Also, A Discourse of divers Spagyrical Experiments and Curiosities, and of the Anatomy of Gold and Silver... Second Edition. To which is added, The London-Distiller... all Sorts of Spirits and Strong-Waters: To which is added their Vertues... London: Printed by E. Cotes, for Thomas Williams, 1652-1653. Second edition, first with London-Distiller. Quarto. A-2N4. Lacks A1-3 (first title page and dedication) and 2N4, blank.] [10 of 16], 191, [1]; 64, [16] pages. Numerous diagrammatical text cuts. Contemporary calf, worn, small holes in the leather exposing board, rebacked, The London Distiller title on leather label, old owner's signature on A4 "William Read Pickering 1870," pages lightly cockled, corner restorations on last index leaves (with a few numbers touched), old stains, foxing, marginal notes and "x" marks, else in very good condition. The London Distiller bound before The Art of Distillation. Wing F2170. ESTC r5348. Duveen 231. Ferguson I, 292. Neu 1520. Pritchard 149. Wellcome II, 67. Krivatsy/NLM 4351. Linden, Cooper, 153. Simon, Vinaria, 150; Gastronomia 70. Gabler, Wine, 101. Neville I, 484. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    John French. The Art Of Distillation, Or A Treatise of the choisest Spagyricall Preparations performed by way of Distillation...Together With The Description of the chiefest Furances and Vessels...Also, A Discourse of divers Spagyrical Experiments and Curiosities, and of the Anatomy of Gold and Silver... Second Edition. To which is added, The London-Distiller. all Sorts of Spirits and Strong-Waters: To which is added their Vertues... London: Printed by E. Cotes, for Thomas Williams, 1652-1653.           

    Second edition, first with London-Distiller. Quarto. A-2N4. Lacks A1-3 (first title page and dedication) and 2N4, blank.] [10 of 16], 191, [1]; 64, [16] pages. Numerous diagrammatical text cuts. Contemporary calf, worn, small holes in the leather exposing board, rebacked, The London Distiller title on leather label, old owner's signature on A4 "William Read Pickering 1870," pages lightly cockled, corner restorations on last index leaves (with a few numbers touched), old stains, foxing, marginal notes and "x" marks, else in very good condition. The London Distiller bound before The Art of Distillation.                                    

    French (1616?-1657), physician, "In 1633 he was entered at New Inn Hall, Oxford, where he took the degrees in arts, B.A. 19 Oct. 1637, M.A. 9 July 1640, then 'entred on the physic line, practised his faculty in the parliament army by the encouragement of the Fiennes, men of authority in the said army, and at length became one of the two physicians to the whole army, under the conduct of sir Thomas Fairfax, knight. On 14 April 1648, at which time the earl of Pembroke visited this university, he was actually created doctor of physic, being about that time physician to the hospital called the Savoy.'  He died in October or November in sixteen hundred fifty and seven, at, or near, Bullogne in France, being then physician to the English army there." -DNB.

    " 'Spagirie' is derived from two contradictory Greek verbs meaning 'to extract' and 'to combine' and denoted early chemistry or alchemy. A spagisiste was a doctor who diagnosed diseases purely on chemical theories...Many of the woodcuts in this work are also used in Glauber's..." -Gabler.     

    Wing F2170. ESTC r5348. Duveen 231. Ferguson I, 292. Neu 1520. Pritchard 149. Wellcome II, 67. Krivatsy/NLM 4351. Linden, Cooper, 153. Simon, Vinaria, 150; Gastronomia 70. Gabler, Wine, 101. Neville I, 484.



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