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    Salomon Trissmosin. [Splendor Solis]. Aureum Vellus. Oder Guldin Schatz und Kunstkammer. Rorschach: 1598. First edition. Three parts in one volume; small quarto (7.375 x 5.625 inches; 188 x 143 mm.). Part one: (:)4 A-N4; part two: A-N4; part one, continued (misbound): O-P4; part three: A-R4 S². 104; [2], 102; 105-115 (really 117, repeated pagination of pages 114 and 115), [1, Lectori], [2, blank]; 87 (really 88, H2 verso blank and skipped in pagination), 89-136, 138-141 (pagination skips page 137) pages; Part III incomplete. Title-pages printed in red and black. Full page portrait of Paracelsus on the verso of A2 in the second part and twenty-two large woodcut illustrations in Part III; each large illustration with contemporary hand coloring. Several in-text illustrations, with decorative initials and head and tail pieces. Old half-vellum over marbled paper-covered boards, spine titled in manuscript ink; all edges sprinkled red; endpapers renewed. Boards rubbed; backstrip and corners lightly soiled; spine ends pulled; minor tear (about one inch) to the upper edge of the paper on the rear board near the joint. Five small splashes to the title-leaf of the first part; some minor marginal soiling and wear throughout, more severe in the two concluding gatherings with a later, somewhat crude, repair to the fore-margin of S1, not affecting any text; some headlines shaved; offsetting and bleed through from hand coloring; rear free endpaper worn with an interior tear; bookplate. Very good. A classic alchemical text.

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