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    An Excellent Collected Edition of Paracelsus

    Paracelsus. Philip Aureol Theophrast Bombast von Hohenheim. Chirurgische Bücher und Schrifften dess Edelen Hochgelehrten unnd Bewehrten Philosophi und Medici, Philippi Theophrasti Bombast von Hohenheim Paracelsi genandt Jetzt... Strassburg: Heirs of Lazarus Zetzner, 1618. Second Collected Strassburg Edition with added materials. Folio. Four parts and appendix in one volume. 6, A - L6, M - N4, O - Z6, Aa - Dd6, Ee8, Ff - V6, Xx8, Yy - Zz6, Aaa - Yyy6, Zzz4, Aaaa4, Bbbb5, (lacks 4B6, blank, as usual). [12], 148, [2], 149-329, [2], 330-523, [3], 525-795, [39] pages. Woodcut title-page in red and black by Ludwig Frig after Christoph Murer, portrait of Paracelsus, three large printer's devices, three text illustrations. Contemporary elaborately blind-tooled pigskin with original clasps present but lacks one piece of the front cover clasp-end, front free endpaper torn from damp and repaired, owner's entry dated 1717 on title-page; light dampstain and occasional mold (at rear) in lower margin throughout, some browning and foxing. Still, a very good copy. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    "Paracelsus was one of the most controversial and dazzling figures on the threshold between the Middle Ages to Modern Times. Trained as a physician and surgeon, he tried to overcome certain medical and philosophical concepts common at his time. He replaced them with a natural philosophy comprising a peculiar mixture of Neoplatonic lore and Christian thought based on the Biblical word. Deeply influenced by the ideas of medieval alchemy, both theoretical and practical, he believed in the importance of experience in contrast to mere speculative theories. Following alchemical guidelines, he introduced a number of new medicinal preparations which would become influential for centuries. His attempt to explain bodily processes as alchemical operations smoothed the way for a new insight into the physiological functioning of the human body. Disappointed by the lack of approval by his colleagues, Paracelsus at times resorted to theology, wandering about as a lay-preacher, philosophically interpreting the Bible and writing religious tracts. During his lifetime only a very few of his writings appeared in print, the bulk to be edited after his death, between 1560 and 1600. Surpassed in Early-Modern times only by Martin Luther, Paracelsus as a German language writer produced a multiplicity of treatises, the medical and natural philosophical tracts equaling the theological ones in number." (Urs Leo Gantenbein, The Zurich Paracelsus Project).

    VD17 3:301630V. Sudhoff 302. Bruning 1262. Ferguson, Paracelsiana, 146. Mook 192. BL 17th German B1812. Wellcome I, 4812. Krivatsy/NLM 8568. Brunet IV, 357. Graesse V, 127.

    Paracelsus: Hohenheim, Philip Aureol Theophrast Bombast von. Chirurgische BŸcher und Schrifften dess Edelen Hochgelehrten unnd Bewehrten Philosophi und Medici, Philippi Theophrasti Bombast von Hohenheim Paracelsi genandt
    Jetzt auffs New au§ den Originalen ... und ... Handtschrifften ... an tag geben: Auch ... in vier underschiedliche Theil ... verfasset: Sambt einem Appendice ... und volkommenen Register. Durch Johannem Huserum Brisgoium ... Strassburg: Heirs of Lazarus Zetzner, 1618. Folio. 4 parts & appendix in 1 vol. ):(6, A - L6, M - N4, O - Z6, Aa - Dd6, Ee8, Ff - V6, Xx8, Yy - Zz6, Aaa - Yyy6, Zzz4, Aaaa4, Bbbb5, [lacks 4B6, blank, as usual.] [12], 148, [2], 149-329, [2], 330-523, [3], 525-795, [39]p.
    Contemp. elaborately blind-tooled pigskin with original clasps present but lacks 1 piece of the front cover clasp-end, f.f.e.p. torn from damp and repaired, owner's entry dated 1717 on t.p.; light dampstain & occ. mold (at rear) in lower margin throughout, some browning and foxing. Woodcut t.p. in red and black by Ludwig Frig after Christoph Murer, port of Paracelsus on recto of ):(2 , 3 large printer's devices, 3 text illus. Second Collected Strassburg Edition with added materials. ÒParacelsus was one of the most controversial and dazzling figures on the threshold between the Middle Ages to Modern Times. Trained as a physician and surgeon, he tried to overcome certain medical and philosophical concepts common at his time. He replaced them with a natural philosophy comprising a peculiar mixture of Neoplatonic lore and Christian thought based on the Biblical word. Deeply influenced by the ideas of medieval alchemy, both theoretical and practical, he believed in the importance of experience in contrast to mere speculative theories. Following alchemical guidelines, he introduced a number of new medicinal preparations which would become influential for centuries. His attempt to explain bodily processes as alchemical operations smoothed the way for a new insight into the physiological functioning of the human body. Disappointed by the lack of approval by his colleagues, Paracelsus at times resorted to theology, wandering about as a lay-preacher, philosophically interpreting the Bible and writing religious tracts. During his lifetime only a very few of his writings appeared in print, the bulk to be edited after his death, between 1560 and 1600. Surpassed in Early-Modern times only by Martin Luther, Paracelsus as a German language writer produced a multiplicity of treatises, the medical and natural philosophical tracts equalling the theological ones in number." [Urs Leo Gantenbein, The Zurich Paracelsus Project]

    "Dieser chirurgische Band der deutschen Folioausgabe ist ganz anders zu beurteilen als die beiden medicinisch - philosophischen BŠnde: er ist abgesehen von der Gro§en Wundarznei ein vollstŠndig neues Werk, nach Husers Handschrift gedruckt und von allergrš§tem Werte fŸr die Kenntniss Hohenheims, fŸr die er mit den 11 BŠnden der Baseler Quartausgabe die wichtigste Grundlage bildet" (Sudhoff). VD17 3:301630V. Sudhoff 302. Bruning 1262. Ferguson, Paracelsiana, 146. Mook 192. BL 17th German B1812. Wellcome I, 4812. Krivatsy/NLM 8568. Brunet IV, 357. Graesse V, 127. Occult. Medicine. Science. Alchemy. Chemistry.





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