WITH PATENTS FOR ALCHEMY

Aurum reginae; or a compendious tractate, and chronological collection of records in the Tower, and court of the exchequer concerning queen-gold: evidencing the quiddity, quantity, quality, antiquity, legality of this golden prerogative, duty and revenue of the Queen-Consorts of England. …

London, for the author by T. Radcliffe, 1688.

4to, pp. [viii], 138, [1] errata, [1] blank; crude paper repairs to first and last leaves, not affecting text; foxing and some dampstaining throughout; occasional marginal worming; occasional annotations and corrections in a contemporary hand; stamp of Los Angeles County Law Library on front free endpaper, and perforated stamp on imprimatur leaf; in eighteenth- century half calf, title in (rather faded) gilt on spine; joints worn, stamp of Los Angeles County Law Library on upper cover, and their book-plate on front paste-down.

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Aurum reginae; or a compendious tractate, and chronological collection of records in the Tower, and court of the exchequer concerning queen-gold: evidencing the quiddity, quantity, quality, antiquity, legality of this golden prerogative, duty and revenue of the Queen-Consorts of England. …

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First edition of this defence of the aurum reginae or queen-gold, revenue raised by the king in order to fund the household of his queen consort. The puritan controversialist, politician, and legal antiquarian William Prynne (c. 1600–1669) presents a comprehensive survey of the various documents which support the practice; an appendix describes patents for finding the philosopher’s stone, in order ‘to transubstantiate baser metals into solid real gold and silver, to satisfie all the creditors of the king and kingdom in few years space’.

ESTC R4975; Wing P3989.

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