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Krause, Johanne Henrico.

Published by Leipzig, Reichenbach. (1844)

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About this Item: Leipzig, Reichenbach., 1844. 8° / Oktav. XIV Seiten, 152 Seiten. Original Broschur. Umschlag angeschmutzt und am Buchrücken geplatzt, mit Wasserrand, vereinzelt braunfleckig und altersbedingt gebräunt, innen gut erhalten. Latein. Seller Inventory # 18670AB

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GLAUBER, Johann Rudolf. Therapeutic properties of herbs & the philosopher's stone

Published by Amsterdam, J. Jansson (1664)

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About this Item: Amsterdam, J. Jansson, 1664. Hardcover. Condition: Fair. No Jacket. 1st Edition. Explicatio verborum salomonis: In Herbis, Verbis & Lapidibus Magna est Virtus. Una cum adjuncta tractatiuncula de Quinta Essentia Metallorum. Amsterdam, J. Jansson, 1664. Small 8vo. 88p. Initials. Old pictorial boards. First Latin edition of this rare commentary on Solomon’s words ‘in herbis . magna est virtus?’ by the great analytical chemist Glauber (1604-68), who discusses the therapeutic properties of herbs and the philosopher’s stone. Added from page 67 onward a little treatise on the origins and quintessence of metals. A stain on title, tailend corner of first leaves lightly watermarked, otherwise sound. Duveen p258; Krivatsy 4783; Roth-Scholz p137. Seller Inventory # ABE-8983072139

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About this Item: Roma, 1762. Acquaforte, 1762, firmata in lastra in basso a destra. Della serie Il Campo Marzio dell’Antica Roma. Magnifica prova, dalla prima edizione dell'opera, impressa su carta vergata coeva con tipica filigrana del "doppio cerchio e giglio con lettere CB" (ove presente), con ampli margini, in ottimo stato di conservazione. Sebbene pubblicata solo nel 1762 questa fondamentale opera, che appare come una delle più complesse del Piranesi, veniva già annunciata dall’artista nelle Antichità Romane, delle quali, secondo il Focillon, può essere considerata come il quinto tomo. La vicende del Campo Marzio si intrecciano con l’amicizia con lo scozzese Robert Adam, al quale l’opera è dedicata. Adam era giunto a Roma nel 1755 e ben presto aveva conosciuto Piranesi, forse per mezzo del comune amico Charles-Louis Clerisseau, trovando nella comune passione archeologica la base di una reciproca stima, che continuò anche dopo il ritorno dell’architetto Londra. Fu proprio Adam che, durante le ricognizioni dei resti dei monumenti del Campo Marzio, suggerì al Piranesi l’idea di realizzare una mappa dell’intera area, che inizialmente doveva essere inclusa nelle Antichità, e poi finì per costituire la base di un progetto ben più ambizioso, dando alla luce questa importante opera. Negli scritti iniziali l’autore annuncia lo scopo di questo lavoro, affermando la volontà di voler tracciare la storia di questa vasta area compresa tra il Tevere ed i colli, cercando di ricostruirne la conformazione ed il volto. Egli sottolinea la difficoltà di tale lavoro di ricostruzione, poiché l’antico Campo Marzio ha coinciso con l’area più intensamente popolata e riedificata della città dal medioevo all’epoca attuale, non nascondendo il margine di ipoteticità insito nell’opera. Il risultato è che l’attendibilità dei risultati rimane quanto mai problematica, sia per la pionieristica ricerca archeologica del tempo, sia per la carica visionaria che porta l’artista e l’architetto a superare di slancio i limiti della realtà storica progettando il passato in funzione del presente, portando il genio artistico a prevalere di gran lunga sull’archeologo, conferendo senso e vigore a tutta l’opera. A fantastic view from Il Campo Marzio dell'Antica Roma. A fine impression from the early roman edition, printed on contemporary laid paper with "double encircled fleur de lys" watermark, wide margins, in very good conditions. Altought published in 1762, the genesis of this ambitious work extended back into the previous decade. Significantly, as an exercise in speculative archaeology executed with contemporary architects in mind, the work originated in the highly productive relationship between Piranesi and Robert Adam. Not only was the folio dedicated to the British architect, but much of its material was assembled during Adam's studies with Piranesi in Rome between 1755 and 1757. According to the considerable dedicatory preface, the author's objective was to examine the customs and environment of a vanished society through the study of its architectural remains. The end product was a remakable series of hypothetical reconstructions, presented in plan, elevation, and perspective, in which Piranesi's imaginative faculties were stretched to the full. Il Campo Marzio opens with 33 pages of learned discussion of literary authorities with parallel text in Latin and Italian. There follows a group of maps showing, stage by stage, the evolution of this site from primitive beginnings in the marshy site bounded by the curve of the Tiber to a densely monumental townscape of the utmost complexity and grandeur. The climax is provided by the virtual fantasy of the Ichnographia, a vast six-plate purportedly representing the Campus Martius under the empire. The Ichnographia is supported by 37 plates of vedute and detailed surveys in which Piranesi presented the raw material on which this speculative act was based, often using the cramatic technique of isolating monumental fragments from the accretions of t. Seller Inventory # s22164

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Glauber, Joh(ann) Rudolph.

Published by Amsterdam Waesberg (1667)

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About this Item: Amsterdam Waesberg, 1667. (14,5 x 9 cm). 94 S. Moderner Pappband im Stil der Zeit. Erste Ausgabe, selten. - "Der Inhalt ist wunderlich, durch und durch von den Geheimnissen der alten Philosophen umwittert. Glauber teilt darin die Alchimie in zwei Teile, die 'bäuerliche', die sich der bekannten Methoden, wie Kochen, Glühen, Destillieren etc. bediene, und die 'königliche', die nur mit den 'secreten Feuern' der alten Philosophen arbeite. Bemerkenswert ist diese Schrift, weil Glauber in ihr sein Haus und sein Laboratorium in Amsterdam beschreibt und den Prozess, der ihn nach Beendigung des Dreißigjährigen Krieges aus Holland vertrieb" (Gugel). - Vereinzelt unbedeutend braunfleckig. Oberer Rand etwas knapp beschnitten. Kolumnentitel und Seitenzahlen teils an- bzw. abgeschnitten, sonst wohlerhalten. - VD17 14:695566H; Dünnhaupt 26.1; Brüning 2152; vgl. Gugel 22 (Ausgabe 1668); diese Ausgabe nicht bei Ferguson und Duveen. Seller Inventory # 102335-01

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Epigrammata et poematia vetera. Quorum pleraque nunc: PITHOU, Pierre

PITHOU, Pierre

Published by Nicolaum Gillium, (1589) 1590, Paris (1590)

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About this Item: Nicolaum Gillium, (1589) 1590, Paris, 1590. ____ Première édition de cette anthologie d'épigrammes des auteurs de l'Antiquité. Contient "Liber medicinalis" de Serenus Sammonicus, sous le titre "De medicina praecepta saluberrima" (p. 126-164) et Remmius Flavianus "Carmen de ponderibus et mensuris" (p. 397-402) Pierre Pithou (1539-1596) jurisconsulte est un des auteurs de la Satyre Ménippée. A côté de ses ouvrages politiques, il a publié et commenté des auteurs de l'Antiquité. Après la page 256, la pagination revient à 241. Le colophon est daté de septembre 1589 et le volume a été imprimé par Denys Du Val. Très bel exemplaire en vélin doré. *-------* First edition of this anthology of epigrams from Antiquity. Beautifull contemporary gilted vellum binding. In-12. Collation : (8), 191, (1), 491 pp. Vélin, titre doré au dos qui est orné de filets et fleurons, couronne de feuillages dorée au centre d'un encadrement. (Reliure de l'époque.). Seller Inventory # 15675

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De gemmis et lapidibus libri duo; BOUND: LAET, Joannes de

LAET, Joannes de (1581-1649); and ETZLER, August (1563-1609).

Published by Ex officina Ioannis Maire, 1647; Etzler's work: Argentinae: Sumptibus Caspari Dietzelij, anno MDCXXXI [1631]. (1647)

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About this Item: Ex officina Ioannis Maire, 1647; Etzler's work: Argentinae: Sumptibus Caspari Dietzelij, anno MDCXXXI [1631]., 1647. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Full title of De Laet's work: De gemmis et lapidibus libri duo, quibus praemittitur Theophrasti liber de lapidibus, Graece & Latine cum brevibus annotationibus. 8vo (18.2 x 11.4 cm.): [64], 210, [6] pages, with over 40 wood-cut illustrations, several large or full-page (De Laet); [6], 176, [10] pages (Etzler). Both works bound together in contemporary vellum over boards, inked title on spine (vellum slightly soiled, mild browning, small tars and restorations, else very good). PROVENANCE: title page has illegible ink signature (M. Gregoire Mubarly?) dated 1649 as well as small red wax seal with unidentified armorial crest; unidentified ca. 19th century ink stamp with initials "RB" on title page verso. FIRST EDITION OF DE LAET'S WORK ON GEMS AND PRECIOUS STONES, BOUND WITH A VERY RARE ALCHEMICAL TREATISE BY ETZLER. Joannes De Laet (1581- 1649), a Dutch geographer and director of the Dutch West India Company, is best known for his "History of the New World," first published in Dutch in 1625 and subsequently issued in Latin and French editions with updated maps. Towards the end of his life De Laet wrote this work on gems and precious stones. He divides his book into two parts, the first describing the "pellucid and semi-pellucid" (i.e., transparent and semi-transparent) gemstones, while the second describes the "figured" stones that naturally appear shaped in curious and unusual forms (e.g., fossils, corals, geodes, enhydros, asbestos, pumice, etc.). A 48-page Greek-to-Latin interlinear translation of Theophrastus's short treatise, "On Stones" (Peri Lithon), with annotations by De Laet, serves as an introduction to the entire work. De Laet frequently appears bound with copies of "Gemmarum et lapidum historia" by Anselmus De Boodt (1550-1632), which Joannis Maire also published in 1647 and which De Laet may have been intended as a supplement. In the present volume, De Laet is instead bound with a second edition of August Etzler's "Isagoge physico-magico-medica" (1631), which first appeared in 1610. As indicated by its long Latin title, Etzler's work emphasizes the doctrine of signatures in plants and animals, relations of sympathy and antipathy, and the rule of superior celestial over inferior terrestrial bodies. A chapter is devoted to each planet and the plants, animals, human types, places, metals and diseases related to it. Etzler also published two other rare medical-astrological works, "Brevis tractatus fundamentum medicinae aeternum explanans et ad quintuplicis entis morbifici cognitionem viam sternens" (1613), and an introduction to astrological medicine, "Introductorium iatro-mathematicum" (1622). REFERENCES: On De Laet: F.D. Adams, The Birth and Development of the Geological Sciences (1938), p. 163; and John Sinkankas, Gemology: An Annotated Bibliography (1993), no. 3747. On Etzler: Duveen 199 ("A curious work in which the relation of the planets with men, animals and vegetables are discussed"); Krivatsy, 3735; Roy G. Neville Historical Chemical Library (2006), vol. 1, p. 430; and Lynn Thorndike, A History of Magic and Experimental Science (New York, 1958), vol. VII, pp. 134-135; Wellcome I, 2076. Book. Seller Inventory # 72JFP023

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About this Item: 16 p.l., 398 pp.; 27 pp. Two parts in one vol. 8vo, cont. calf (extremities a little rubbed), contrasting leather lettering piece on spine. Rouen: A. Maurry for L. Billaine, 1678. Third edition (1st ed.: 1664) "of the earliest extant bibliography of bibliographies. It is basically an alphabetical list, arranged by authors' first names, followed by eight intricate subject indices, among them one of publishers' and booksellers' catalogues. Appended is a very useful numismatic bibliography. The work enjoyed three later editions during the seventeenth century and provided the basis for Teissier. Labbé (1607-67), one of the most learned polymaths of his time, was a Jesuit professor of philosophy in Paris."-Grolier Club, Bibliography, 62-(1st ed.). The work attributed to John Selden on the title-page is actually by Alessandro Sardi (1520-88), and first appeared in 1579. There is also included a substantial bibliography on weights and measures. Haebler, in his Handbuch, states that this is the second book on incunabula and the first in which the word is used in connection with printing. A fine copy with some minor foxing. ? Taylor, Book Catalogues, pp. 176, 208, & 219-20. Seller Inventory # 1646

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GEMMARUM ET LAPIDUM HISTORIA quam olim edidit: BOODT (Anselmus Boetius

About this Item: 1647. Lugduni Batavorum, [Leyde], Joannis Maire, 1647 [pour les deux ouvrages]. Deux ouvrages reliés en un fort volume petit in-8 (120 X 185), vélin rigide ivoire à petits rabats, coutures apparentes, dos lisse, titre calligraphié à l?encre noire et étiquette ancienne (reliure de l?époque); (3) ff. blancs, (4) ff. dont titre, 576 pages, (11) ff. d?index, (1) f. blanc, (32) ff., 210 pages, (3) ff. d?index, (2) ff. blancs. Minime cerne de mouillure claire dans l'angle supérieur gauche du corps de l'ouvrage. TROISIÈME ET DERNIÈRE ÉDITION, la plus complète, de ce CÉLÈBRE TRAITÉ DE JOAILLERIE, que l'on a titré en français «Le Parfait joaillier». Il contient deux tableaux dépliants et des dessins dans le texte. «Toutes les pierres précieuses y sont étudiées, les procédés de taille et de polissage indiqués et illustrés de figures sur bois bien curieuses.» (Caillet). RELIÉ à la suite: LAET (Joannis de). "De Gemmis et Lapidibus libri duo. Quibus praemittitur Theophrasti liber de Lapidibus Graece & Latine cum Brevibus Annotationibus". (Caillet, I, 1285 pour l'édition originale de 1609 de l'ouvrage de Boodt - Graesse, I, 493). BEL EXEMPLAIRE conservé dans sa reliure en vélin de l'époque, intact et d'une belle patine. FINE COPY. PICTURES AND MORE DETAILS ON REQUEST. Seller Inventory # 004458

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About this Item: Joh Martyn, Londini, 1678. First Edition. Small 4to, [viii], 250, [1]. The second treatise has a separate title-page. Illustrated with 9 folding engravings. Bound in contemporary full calf, spine gilt (worn at the extremities of the spine, and along the hinge, bookplate removed from end paper, small library stamp on title-page. Some age toning to the sides of the title-page. A very good tight clean copy. Nissen ZBI, 2527; BMNH 3:1155; Wing L2523. The English physician Martin Lister (1638-1712) was the Royal Physician of Queen Anne. This present work was the first monograph dedicated to the mollusks. Lister describes essentially three classes of animals, i. e. spiders, terrestrial and fluvial shells and marine shells. The first section he writes of the many mistakes of previous authors writing on Arachnidae, to their venom and their use (!) in therapy. A classification of British spiders precedes the second chapter of the first part, where the different species of spiders are described according to their aspect and their alimentary habits. The second part includes as well some general description of terrestrial and fluvial shells and their classification. The largest part deals with marine shells and is illustrated by splendid plates. Lister describes exhaustively both Bivalves and Gastropods, including however also a sea-urchin among the molluscs; the last section is dedicated to the fossil shells which are found in England. Seller Inventory # 40634

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Musaei opusculum de Herone & Leandro. Orphei: Museo - Orfeo

Museo - Orfeo (Musaeus Grammaticus- Orpheus)

Published by in aedibus Aldi et Andreae soceri mense Novembri 1517, Venetiis (1517)

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About this Item: in aedibus Aldi et Andreae soceri mense Novembri 1517, Venetiis, 1517. Legatura 800 in marocchino rosso scuro con ricchi fregi e titolo oro al ds. Cornici ai piatti, labbri e dentelle in oro (lievi tracce d usura, soprattutto agli angoli). Carte di guardia marmorizzate (sulle anteriori, due diversi ex libris cartacei da collezioni inglesi). Tagli dorati. Interni eccellenti, di assoluta freschezza. Il nostro esemplare contiene anche 20 carte bianche, di cui 12 inserite dal legatore all inizio e 8 alla fine del volume, con note di possesso e bibliografiche manoscritte sulle prime due. Dopo la prefazione di Aldo in lingua greca, l opera di Museo presenta le due grandi xilografie (riprese da quelle della editio princeps apparsa senza data - ma 1494 - in 4to, che costituiscono le prime illustrazioni uscite dai torchi di Aldo). Tra gli scritti di Orfeo, il De lapidibus è in edizione originale, gli altri due Argonautica ed Hymni riproducono il testo della rarissima edizione giuntina del 1500. Renouard, 81.8; Adams, M1-991. 8vo (cm. 15,5), 80 cc. Ancora aldina al frontespizios e al colophon. Testi in greco (traduzione latina solo per l Opusculum). Due grandi ill.ni xilografiche: una raffigura Leandro che attraversa l Ellesponto per trascorrere la notte con Erone, l altra Erone che si getta dalla torre quando vede il suo amante morto sulla spiaggia). Seller Inventory # 6138

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Marbodei Galli Poetae Vetustissimi de lapidibus pretiosis: MARBODUS (Bishop of

About this Item: [Freiburg in Breisgau, P. Willig], 1531. 8vo (152 x 95mm). [2], 3-55, [1], leaves. Recent boards, covered with old printed paper. The work of Marbodus is the earliest lapidary of the middle ages and also the one which is quoted more widely. Marbodus was Bishop of Rennes and wrote his lapidary, in 734 Latin hexameters describing 60 stones, between the years 1061 and 1081. This is the first edition of Georg Pictorius's annotated redaction of Marbode's book on the medical and magical properties of precious stones. Many manuscripts of this lapidary have survived. After the invention of printing, 14 editions appeared between 1511 and 1740 and still others at later dates. This copy is the third edition overall of this work that first appeared in 1511.Two library stamps on title. A very fine preserved copy of this rare lapidary.Sinkankas 4170; Wilson, Mineral books pp. 29-32. Seller Inventory # 8306

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Dissertatio De Technophysiotameis, Von Kunst- und Naturalien-: Moller, D.G.; Phillipe

Moller, D.G.; Phillipe Fermin; R. J. Camerarius; Marbodus, Bishop of Rennes; F. E. Bruckmann; Erasmus Stella; J. E. Hebenstreit; G. L. Hueber; R. A. Vogel; J. G. Roederer; Johannes Reiske; Jean Etienne Guettard; J. H. Hottinger; J. T. Hensing; Muller;

Published by Various publishers, Various places (1675)

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About this Item: Various publishers, Various places, 1675. Hardcover. Condition: Very good condition. First Edition. Numerous works bound in one volume. Half vellum binding with marbled paper-covered boards; moderately soiled. Previous owner's bookplate (Bilharz) on front paste-down endpaper, and circular private library sticker at bottom of spine. Works include: 1.) Moller, D. G. "Dissertatio De Technophysiotameis, Von Kunst- und Naturalien- Kammern." Henrici Meyeri: Altdorfii, 1704. Dissertaion/Thesis (F. S. Wuffbain, respondent). 68 pages. 2.) Fermin, Phillipe. "Memoire sur l'origine de la belemnite contenant la decouverte de l'animal analogue a ce fossile." 4 page manuscript with folding manuscript illustration. Apparently a fair copy of the above named article, published in Ph. Renard's "Considerations d'histoire naturelle" pp.63-76 in 1775. 3.) Camerarius, R. J. "Dissertation inauguralis medica de lapidum figuratorum usu medico." Johannis Cunradi Reissi: Tubingae, 1718. Dissertaion/Thesis (J. J. Straskircher respondent). 32 pages. 4.) Marbodus, Bishop of Rennes; edited by F. E. Bruckmann. "Marbodei, Galli, Poetae Uetustissimi, de Lapidibus Pretiosis Enchiridion, Cum Scholiis Pictorii Villingensis." Bruckmanniana: Wolffenbuttleae, 1740. 82 [2] pages. 5.) Stella, Erasmus; edited by F. E. Bruckmann. "Interpretament Gemmarum Libellus Unicus Plinius Secundus de Gemmis." Carol. Frid. Jungnicolium: Erfurti et Lipsiae, 1736. 68 pages. 6.) Hebenstreit, J. E. "De Ordinibus Gemmarum Verbis C. Plinii ex eius Naturalis Historiae Libr. XXXVII. Qui Totus de Gemmis Est, Disserens Panegyrin Medicam." Lipsiae, 1747. 16 pages. 7.) Hueber, G. L. "Disssertatio Inauguralis Physico-Chemico-Medica de Margaritis, Earumque Virtute Medica." Joannis Jacobi Christophori Kleyer: Wirceburgi, 1744. Dissertaion/Thesis (J.G. Gross, respondent). 71, [xv] pages. 8.) Vogel, R. A. "Terrarum Atque Lapidum Partitio Disputatio Medica Solemnis." Schulzianis, Rosenbusch: Gottingae, 1762. Dissertaion/Thesis (A. F. C. Hempel, respondent). 54 pages. 9.) Roederer, J. G. "Decanus Ordinis Medici in Academia Georgia Augusta Jo. Georg Roderer D. Dissertationem Inauguralem" Schulzianis, Rosenbusch: Gottingae, 1762. Dissertaion/Thesis (with vita of A. F. C. Hempel). 12 pages. 10.) Reiske, Johannes. "M. Joh. Reiskii de Glossopetris Luneburgensibus ad Virum Nobilissimum Atque Esperientissimum Joh. Georg Hieronymi." Joh. Georg. Lipperi: Lipsiae, 1684. 56 pages, one folded leaf of illustrations. 11.) Guettard, Jean Etienne; Philippe Buache. Folding Map. "Carte Mineralogique de la Suisse par Philippe Buache." 1752. 12.) Hottinger, J. H. "Dissertatio de Crystallis." Bodmeriano: Tiguri, 1698. [iv], 44 pages, illustrated by one folding leaf of gems/crystals. 13.) Hensing, J. T. "Dissertatio Chemica, de Germinatione Metallica Arificiali Ejusdemque Novo Invento." Joh. Reinh. Vulpii: Giessae-Hassorum, 1718. Dissertaion/Thesis (Joh. Georgio Beck, respondent). 35 pages. 14.) Muller, P. L. S. "Dubia Coralliorum Origini Animali Opposita." Io. Diter. Mich. Camerarii: Erlangae, 1770. 22 pages. Probably another dissertation: Suscipiet Philippus Ludovicus Statius Muller. 15.) Frank, Johann. "Disertatio Physica de Coralio Juxta Ductum Plinii Hist. Nat. Lib.32.c.2. adornata." Praelo Bauhoferiano: Jenae, 1675. Dissertaion/Thesis (Paulus Linsius, respondent). 12 leaves. 16.) Folding leaf with text and illustrations of tube worms. Measures 10 x 14 inches. "Kurtze Abbildung und Beschreibung der ungewohnten entsetzlichen Wuermen.in gank Nord-holland." Circa 1735. Book. Seller Inventory # 009581

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De Omni Rerum Fossillium Genere, Gemmis, Lapidibus,: Gesner, Konrad; Gessner;

Gesner, Konrad; Gessner; Johannes Kentmann; Georg Fabricus; Georg Agricola; Severin Goebel; Valerius Cordus; Francois La Rue

Published by Iacobus Gesnerus, Zurich, Switzerland (1565)

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About this Item: Iacobus Gesnerus, Zurich, Switzerland, 1565. Hardcover. Condition: Good condition. First Edition. Published 1565-1566. Detached title page is worn, soiled, creased and has small chips. Minor soiling and creasing to text of Part 1. Minor worming to Part 7. Worming to Part 8, which lacks the final 7 leaves (14 pages). Front board lacking, rear board detached, spine defective. Small 8vo (6.26 inches/159mm). Some early marginalia in a tiny neat hand scattered throughout the text and margins. Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Book. Seller Inventory # 009577

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De Omni Rerum Fossilium Genere, Gemmis, Lapidibus,: GESNER, Conrad
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About this Item: Woodcut illus. on title, two ports. of J. Kentmann, many woodcuts of fossils & stones in the text, & several printer's devices. 8 parts in one vol. 8vo, 18th-cent. mottled half-sheep & marbled boards, spine gilt, red leather lettering piece on spine. Zurich: J. Gesner, 1565. First edition of this famous collection of texts which forms one of the most important contributions to 16th-century geology and mineralogy. It consists of eight separate treatises by seven authors on the subjects of fossils, gems, and metals, all edited by Gesner and with his general introduction and extensive commentaries. This is an important association copy, with the signature on the title of Caspar (Gaspard) Bauhin (1560-1624), the first professor of anatomy and botany at the University of Basel. He made a number of important contributions to both anatomy and botany (see D.S.B., I, pp. 522-24). Like Gesner, Bauhin was greatly concerned with nomenclature; his great merit, again like Gesner, was his ability to treat his subjects in an orderly and methodical manner. The treatises are: I. Kentmann, Johann. Nomenclaturae Rerum fossilium. 8 p.l., 95 leaves, one blank leaf. This contains an illustration of Kentmann's cabinet, and catalogues over 1600 specimens, with localities where known, and German equivalents of the Latin names. It is the first published catalogue of a geological collection. II. Kentmann. Calculorum qui in Corpore ac membris hominum innascuntur. 2 p.l., 22 leaves. An illustrated account of stones formed in the human body. III. Fabricius, Georg. De Metallicis rebus. 3 p.l., 31 leaves. A treatise on noble and base metals. IV. Goebel, Severin. De Succino libri duo. 2 p.l., 30 (i.e. 31), [4] leaves, one blank leaf. A discussion of amber and other gems and minerals, with a separate treatise by Gesner on bitumen, amber, naphtha, etc. V. Cordus, Valerius. De Halosantho seu Spermate Ceti liber. 3 p.l., 37 leaves. A commentary on the "efflorescence of salt" sometimes found floating on water, which Dioscorides and Galen had recommended as a cure for skin diseases. Gesner in his commentary refutes the notion that this was the sperm of whales. VI. Epiphanius. De XII Gemmi. 4 p.l., 28 leaves. A discussion of the gemstones in Aron's shield. VII. Rue, François. De Gemmis aliquot. 2 p.l., 85 (i.e. 86) leaves. A treatise on gems mentioned in the Book of Revelation. VIII. Gesner, Conrad. De Rerum Fossilium. 7 p.l., 169 leaves. The earliest scientific attempt to classify the members of the mineral kingdom, based on the forms of the fossils. It is illustrated by numerous woodcuts after Gesner's own drawings, many of which are still preserved in the Basel University Library. According to Adams, this part contains the earliest illustration of a lead pencil. There is also an illustration of the mariner's Compass made from magnetic iron ore. A fine copy. Old stamp on blank portion of title. Complete copies are of considerable rarity on the market today. ? Adams, The Birth and Development of the Geological Sciences, pp. 176-83-"Of special interest in that it presents a picture in miniature of the mineral kingdom as seen through the eyes of the greatest naturalist of his time." Hoover 347. Sinkankas 2366-(long note). Sparrow, Milestones of Science, p. 10 & plate 37. Wellisch A 63. Wilson, The History of Mineral Collecting 1530-1799, pp. 23-25. Seller Inventory # 5507

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