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    Helmont on Chemistry; a Printing and
    the Mind of Man Title

    Jan Baptista van Helmont. Ortus Medicinae. Id Est, Initia Physicae Inaudia.Progressus medicinae novus, In Moborum Ultionem, Ad Vitam Longam. [Bound with:] Opuscula Medica In Audita. I, De Lithiasi. II, De Febrius. III, De Humoribus Galeni. IV, De Peste. Amsterdam: Lowijs Elzevir, 1648. First Collected Edition. Two quarto volumes bound in one. *4 [lacks portrait],*-4*4, 5*2, A-5I4; A-P4 [P4 blank, present], 2A-O4, 2P2, 3A-L4. [34 of 36], 800; [8], 110, [2], 115, [1], 88p. Contemporary full vellum, with yapp fore-edge. Paper label on spine. Minor wear, soiling to binding, some minor foxing in text. A very nice copy with wide margins.
    STCN 164804. Willems 1141. Printing and the Mind of Man 135. Bruning 1741. Garrison/Morton 665. Heirs to Hippocrates 253-254. Norman 1048. Krivatsy/NLM 5447, 5442. Waller 4306-4307. Partington II, 209ff. Thorndike VII, 218ff. Neville I, 613. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Helmont, Jan Baptista van. Ortus Medicinae. Id Est, Initia Physicae Inaudia.Progressus medicinae novus, In Moborum Ultionem, Ad Vitam Longam. [Bound with:] Opuscula Medica In Audita. I, De Lithiasi. II, De Febrius. III, De Humoribus Galeni. IV, De Peste. Amsterdam: Lowijs Elzevir, 1648. 4to. 2 vols. in 1. *4[-*4, port.],*-4*4, 5*2, A-5I4; A-P4 [P4 blank, present], 2A-O4, 2P2, 3A-L4. [34 of 36], 800; [8], 110, [2], 115, [1], 88p. Contemp. vellum, yapp fore-edge, minor foxing, good margins, very nice copy. Lacks port. First Collected Edition.

    Some historians rank Helmont (1577-1644) as the greatest chemist before Lavoisier. He stressed the importance of ferments and pioneered gravimetrics in urine analysis. Helmont further was the first to insist upon the balance, and to use the boiling and freezing points of water as his standards of temperature. The Belgian was the founder of the sciences of biochemistry and pneumatic chemistry, and the first to divine the distinct gases in the atmosphere-indeed, the word "gas" may well have been his invention. This two-part work (which includes the four Opuscula Medica in part two: De Lithiasi, De Febribus, Tumoris Pestis, and De Humoribus Galeni) applies chemical principles to physiology and pharmacology, and guides the reader in the treatment of excess gas or acidity, foreshadowing iatrochemistry. Helmont drew his principles from Paracelsus, and similarly sought a cosmological and unified view of the natural sciences. "In the field of medicine his introduction of chemical ideas into this science tended toward the introduction of the scientific spirit as opposed to the empiricism of the Paracelsian school."(Duveen, p. 286).

    STCN 164804. Willems 1141. Printing and the Mind of Man 135. Bruning 1741. Garrison/Morton 665. Heirs to Hippocrates 253-254. Norman 1048. Krivatsy/NLM 5447, 5442. Waller 4306-4307. Partington II, 209ff. Thorndike VII, 218ff. Neville I, 613.



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