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    Bausch's Rare Treatise on the
    Blood-Stone and Eagle-Stone

    Johann Lorenz Bausch. Schediasmata Bina Curiosa De Lapide Haematite Et Aetite ad mentem Academiae Naturae Curiosorum congesta. Leipzig: Johann Erich Hahn for Viet Jacob Trescher, 1665. First edition. Small octavo. Two parts bound into one. A-2E8, 2F4. [4], 164; [8], 79, [1] pages. Title-page in red and black, ornament on title-page, seven full-page engravings (two of which are folding). Complete. Eighteenth-century full paste-paper boards, spine gilt, brown morocco gilt lettering label. Some insect damage to spine, front pastedown partially removed (with evidence of bookplate removal) light paper toning, minor foxing, two gutters cracked. Skewed. Still, a good copy. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Bausch (1605-1665, German physician, student of natural history and medical writer) studied at the University of Altdorf where he received his degree in 1630. He founded in 1652, with his colleagues Johann Michael Fehr, Balthasar Metzger and Georg Balthasar Wohlfahrt the "Schweinfurt die Academia naturae curiosum, die heutige Leopoldina" (Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher), the first such institute dedicated to the study of natural science. Bausch was its first president.

    "...a pair of treatises which he issued in 1665 on the bloodstone and the eagle-stone. Although he described both stones and their different species in some detail, his primary interest was in their medicinal virtues, and nearly half of the treatise on the bloodstone is a prooemium [introduction] in regard to loss of blood. As to magical virtues, however, he was skeptical, declaring fabulous, ridiculous and fantastic the attribution to the bloodstone of power to win victory, freeze hot water, and preserve crops from hail or locusts. He also states that those who have written of the eagle-stone have promised many vain things which exceed the limits not only of medicine but of nature." (Thorndike).

    VD17 12:186981V. Bruning 2119. Ferguson I, 85. Krivatsy/NLM 958. BL 17th German B399. Sinkankas 486 (part II only, not having a copy.) Thorndike VII, 262. Ward and Carozzi, 147.

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