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    An Important Book on Inks - Including
    Information on Secret and Magical Writing

    Petro Maria Canepari. De Atramentis Cojuscunque Generis... In Sex Descriptiones Digestum. London: J[ohn] M[acock] for John Martin, James Allestree, and Thomas Dicas, 1660. First edition published in England. Small quarto. A4, a4, B-4C4. [16]; 568 pages. Head-pieces. Contemporary full vellum, ink titles on spine. Binding slightly soiled, some foxing and browning to text, with occasional rust-holes and some marginal worming. Still, a very good copy. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    "It is difficult to decide whether to classify the work on inks by Pietro Maria Canepario, a physician and philosopher of Crema who practiced medicine at Venice, under mineralogy, alchemy, technology, or natural magic." Thorndike.

    "At the present time, however, Caneparus's book is full of interest to the student of the history of chemistry. The first part treats of pyrites and analogoius minerals, and of various theoretical questions which arise out of it as to the generation of metals, the nature of fire, etc.; the second part of metallic atraments; part three is devoted specially to green vitriol; part four to different kinds of writing and printing inks; part five to inks of different colours, and incidentally to pigments, including cinnabar, red lead, lapis lazuli, etc. The last book is taken up entirely with the oil of vitriol." Ferguson, Secrets, S1,34.

    The section on printing ink also has information on ways of erasing letters, on secret writing, and on magic writing.

    Wing C425a. ESTC r207931. Duveen 115. Ferguson I,139 (not in Young Coll.) .Ferguson, Glasgow, I,135. Ferguson, Secrets, SI,34.Bonacini 315. Caillet 1991. Thorndike VII, 250-52. Edelstein 176. Neville I,235.

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