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Staircases of the wise or the Philosophy of the elders. Gröningue, Charles Pieman, 1686. In-folio, rigid vellum, double cold netting, ribbed back with ink title, speckled edges (Binding of the time).
Caillet, n°2417. - Dorbon, n°210, original
edition, of any rarity, of one of the most beautiful books of alchemy.
Remarkable and very curious intaglio illustration, engraved intaglio, comprising an allegorical frontispiece and 15 (out of 17) plates, including 10 hermetic-allegorical plates representing the ten degrees of the ancient sapience (the unity of God and the first material of the Philosopher's Stone, fire, air, water, earth, sulphur, mercury or the salt of philosophers).
The book is a dialogue between François and Frédéric who comment on the theories of the main hermetic philosophers: Hermès Trismégiste, Paracelsus, Arnauld de Villeneuve, Sendivogius, Raymond Lulle, Bernard Trévisan, etc.
Large armorized ex-libris engraved by Harrewÿn (early 18th century) unidentified.
Missing 2 geometric figure plates. A few slight freckles, mainly affecting the boards.
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