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    Naxagoras, pseudo. [Erhard von Niedhold?] Attributed also to Baron Johann Hektor von Klettenberg (1684-1720). Alchymia denudata revisa et aucta;
    oder, Das biss anhero nie recht geglaubte, durch die experienz nunmehro aber wurklich beglaubte and aus allen zweiffel gesetzte neu ubersehene und vermehrte oder in vielen besser erklahrte wunder der natur, nebst angehangter ausfuhrlichen Beschreibung der unweit Zwickau in Meissen zu Nieder-Hohendorff und anderer umliegenden orten gefundenen goldischen Sande ... Alles nach langwierigen dem studio chymico obgelegenem fleisse...

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    Der im guten Ruff und Auffnehmen stehenden :auch zu vielen mahlen schon frisch wieder ausgelegten Alchymiae denudatae, oder, Des bissanhero nie recht geglaubten durch die Experienz aber nun wurcklich beglaubten und aus allem Zweiffel gesetzten Wunders der Natur, Anderer Theil ... Leipzig & Stralsund: Samuel Gottlieb Lochmann [vol. 1] & Johann Sigmund Strauss [vol. 2], 1727-8. Krown & Spellman retail: $850. 8vo. 2 vols. in 1. )(-2)(8,A-M8,N4. )(8.2)(2,A-X8,Y6. [30],202; [20],348pp. Modern vellum (using old vellum), with ties, title in ms on spine, t.p. margin supported on blank verso, paper age darkened, occ. stains (some dark), archival repair to head of last leaf (no text loss.) T.p. in red and black, head- and tail-pieces. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.


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    The author's name is fictitious although Kopp in his long essay on this author suggests Erhard von Niehold based on a manuscript ascription.

    The first part of this book was published in 1708 and in 1716 a second edition was the first to add the "Beschreibung der Goldischen Sande. This edition adds a second volume printed here for the first time.

    The ascription to Klettenberg in the NUC is not mentioned in Kopp or Ferguson. Klettenberg   (1669-1720) "Stirred by ambition he had a fancy to be a statesman, and to enrich himself he engaged in alchemical pursuits...The work always proceeded favourably up to a certain point, but when it was nearing completion and the people were expecting a successful issue, important business compelled him to take a long journey, and he departed promising to return and complete the work, which he never did...His fame came to the ears of Augustus the Strong...the King became impatient and distrustful, and at last a commission of enquiry was appointed...Klettenberg was ultimately condemned to death for various crimes, murder being one. The heavy broad-bladed sword of the executioner put an end to his life by decapitation..."[Ferguson]       Ferguson II,127. Kopp II,210-213.Caillet 7933. Rosenthal, Magica, 627. Duveen 425 note. Gilhofer, Alchemie Katalog 133, 312. OCLC: 23622150. Neville II,213

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