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    An Excellent and Important Dictionary of Alchemy

    Martin Ruland, the Elder. Lexicon Alchemiae Sive Dictionarium Alchemisticum Cum obscuriorum Verborum & Rerum Hermeticarum, tum Theophrast-Paracelsicarum Phrasium, Planam Explicationem continens. Frankfurt am Main: Zacharias Palthenius, 1612. First edition. Quarto. ):(4, A-3P4. [8],471,[1] pages. Pagination errors. Alchemical symbol on title-page, two marginal woodcuts, head-pieces, decorated initials. Contemporary German calf-backed paste-paper boards, spine ruled and lettered in black. Rear hinge cracked, binding worn. Old label on front paste-down, owner's name "Godfridus Vogler, Francof," leaf M1 creased so it would not be cut short in binding; wormtrack in later part of volume (not affecting text). Light browning to text (much better than most copies). A very good copy. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Ruland (1532-1602) physician at Lauingen in Swabia "where he is said to have taught medicine in the gymnasium, and he was physician of the Pfalzgraf Philip Ludwig, and of the Emperor Rudolph II... He was in favour of Paracelsus' reforms but he dealt greatly in secret remedies." [Ferguson]

    "This lexicon is very full, less mystical and more practical than some later ones. Useful in explaining early terminology" [Bolton].

    VD17 23:292766X. Bruning 1040. Ferguson II,303. Ferguson, Glasgow, 613. Duveen 592. Bolton I, 1041. Rosenthal, Magica, 8873 "fort rare." Sudhoff, Paracelsica, 291. Neville II,405.

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