Wecker, Johann Jacob. De Secretis Libri XVII...Tertia hac Editione Non solum ab innumeris mendis, Obscuritateq(ue), purgati, sed & Theodore Zuingeri... Additionibus E Pharmacia & Chymia.... [Basle:] Johann Conradi for Johann Ludovic Konig, 1701. 8vo. (O)6, A-3C8, 3D6 [3D6 blank, present]. [12],764,[32]p. Contemporary half calf over marbled boards on wood, cracks in covers with some loss of paper covering,lacks old paper label, old signature on front paste-down "Ad usum P. Leonii Berenfelder", t.p. soiled, minor edge worming tofirst leaves, occ. foxing. Text cuts and diagrams. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
    Krown & Spellman retail: $600

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    Wecker (1528-1586) professor of Logic and Latin, physician, wrote books on alchemy, pharmacy, cooking,  & medicine. His book of secrets went through many editions and was translated into several languages. He distinguished himself in treating the victims of the plague in 1565 and was made first physician of the city of Colmar. Besides secrets this work, first published in 1582,  treats of angels and demons, magic, elements, and astrology.

    Theodore Zwinger , the younger, (1657-1724) born at Basel, studied to be a physician; professor of rhetoric (1684), physics (1687), anatomy and botany (1703), medicine (1711). "Zwinger was most successful as  a practitioner and had a very large number of patients. He was a man of great learning and sound scholarship...'His printed works, says Zedlrt, 'are erudite, agreeable, profitable, and easy to read,' and that is as much as any one could wish for."

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