Natural philosophy of three former philosophers renamed Artephius, Flamel, & Synesius, Dealing with Occult Art, & Metal Transmutation. Paris, Laurent d'Houry, 1682. In-4, red morocco, Du Seuil decoration, gilded fleuron in the centre, decorated back, inner roller (modern pastiche binding).
Third edition of this rare collection of alchemical texts, published and translated by Pierre Arnauld, Sieur de La Chevallerie en Poitou.
It is decorated with some figures on wood in the text and a folding plate depicting the symbolic fresco of the Innocents cemetery in Paris.
As Ferguson, Bibliotheca chimica, t. I, p. 48, explains, the copies of this edition are copies of the original 1612 edition and the second 1659 edition, with the addition of a new title and augmented by a Treatise on Mercury and the Stone of the Philosophers by Georges Riplée (pp. 99-106).
The colophon p. 98 is dated April 6, 1612.
From the library of Count Luigi Amedeo Rati-Opizzoni di Torre (ex-libris of the 20th century).
Sending on the title to Doctor Cottereau and repeated wet stamp from the Cottereau Pharmacy in Vendôme.
Some woods colored later. Dirt on the title, wetnesses and freckles, repairs to some sheets.
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