8vo, pp. , 327; lightly browned; a very good copy in 18th-century speckled boards; 18th-century engraved bookplate ‘Domus S.S. Adelhaidis et Caietani’ on front paste-down.
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Very rare first edition of Resch’s account of Osiander’s alchemical experiments.
‘I have found nothing about Resch, the editor of the book. He says, however, distinctly in the preface that the author of the experiments was Lucas Osiander, professor and cancellarius in Tübingen, with his brother, Johann Otto, Abbot of Adelberg. They communicated their experiments and observations some five and thirty years earlier. Chapter x. in the present book is a reprint of Ewald von Hoghelande’s tract: Kurtzer Bericht und klarer Beweiss, &c., so that it contains some historical matter’ (Ferguson). Von Hoghelande’s treatise was first published separately in 1604. It includes several accounts of transmuations. At the end Resch gives extracts from works by Rhenanus, Michael Maier, and Joachim Tancke among others. Pages 308-310 contain an account of what was found in Rudolph II’s treasury after the Emperor’s death in 1612, and of his alchemical experiments.
Ferguson II, p. 255; Krivatsy 9574 Wellcome IV, p. 509; not in Neville; OCLC locates only four copies in US, at the National Library of Medicine, University of Delaware, Lehigh, and Wisconsin.
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standard text on elements, principles, and chemical processes BECHER, Johann Joachim.
Institutiones chimicae prodromae, id est ... Oedipus chimicus, obscuriorum terminorum & principiorum chimicorum, mysteria aperiens & resolvens. Opusculum, omnibus medicinae & chimiae studiosis lectu perquàm utile & necessarium.
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