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Alchemy Johann de Monte-Snyder (attr., published anonymously) Reconditorum ac reclusiorum opulentiae sapientiaeque numidis mundi magni, cui deditur in titulum Chymica Vannus. Obtenta quidem & erecta auspice mortale coepto... With engraving. Frontispiece and 12 copper plates and some text diagrams. Amsterdam, Joannem Janssonium à Waeberge, & Elzeum Weyerstraet, 1666. 392 (recte 292) p., 1 sheet, 76 p., 1 sheet 4°. Pgt. d. At present with RSchild (back browned, with minor missing parts, new endpapers). First edition of this curious compilation of alchemical, chemical and pseudo-scientific topics, ascribed to several authors. - Caillet 2362 ('extremement rare', author: Thomas Vaughan). - Dorbon-Aimé 3919. - Duveen 498-499. - Ferguson II, 246/47. - Ferchl 435. - Krivatsy 9439 (imperfect). - The work was also in I. Newton's library, richly annotated by him (Dobbs, Newton's Alchemy, 168). - Somewhat browned, 1 sheet with small burn hole (loss of 2 letters), altogether good copy of the rare work. Contemporary vellum, spine with small hole, pp. 69/70 with burn hole (2 mm) (loss of two letters), slightly browned. A curious compilation of alchemical, chemical, and pseudo-scientific subjects, which has been attributed to several authors. The Commentatio, the appended work, is a Latin translation of 'Von der Universal Medicin' by Monte-Snyder. Duveen suspects Johann de Monte-Snyder to be the author of the entire book. A copy of the book was in Isaac Newton's library, extensively annotated by him. *

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