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    Martin Birrius. Tres Tractatus De Metallorum Transmutatione.... Amsterdam: 1668.

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    Martin Birrius. Tres Tractatus De Metallorum Transmutatione. Quid Singulis contineatur, sequens pagina indicat. Incognito Auctore. Adjuncta est Appendix Medicamentorum Antipodagricorum & Calculifragi... Amsterdam: Johannem Janssonium à Waesberge & Viduam [Widow of] Elizei Weyerstraet, 1668.

    First Latin Edition. Octavo. Printer's device on title page and decorated initials. *8 A-G8 (-G8 blank) [16], 110 pages. Modern half calf over pebbled paper boards. Binding lightly rubbed and soiled; textblock has most likely been trimmed as the margins are tight, old signature cut from title page and repaired, archival tape on its upper right corner; note on verso of title page, holograph annotations and occasional underlines, unobtrusive light corner dampstains from leaf G1 to end, few small tears; otherwise in very good condition.  From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

     

    Birrius claims these anonymous works are by Eirenaeus Philalethes, "De Metallorum Metamorphosi," "Brevis Manductio ad Rubinum Coelestem," and Fons Chemicae Philosophiae."'

     

    "In the preface Birrius further says that in the course of time alchemy became so involved in obscurities that it fell into contempt, but that there is an arcanum which not only works wonders in curing diseases but purges sick metals and brings them to the perfect form of gold and silver. .. Sagacity, ingenuity and practical know-how are essential to obtain the substance which is midway between mineral and metal, occult and noble, all volatile, gold in the supreme degree, a thousand times more perfect than ordinary gold." Thorndike VIII, 363.

     

    STCN 166808. Bruning 2164. Ferguson I,109. Duveen 80/1. Neu 3261. Krivatsy/NLM 8946. Ferchl 48 (1618 ed.) Kopp II,336. Neville 158.

    Note: The portrait of Birrius in the Duveen-Neu copy is supplied from another source, this edition does not have a frontispiece.



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