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COLLECTANEA CHYMICA ...
Collectanea chymica: a collection of ten several treatises in chymistry, concerning the liquor alkahest, the mercury of philosophers, and other curiosities worthy the perusal. Written by Eir. Philaletha, Anonymus, Joh. Bapt. Van-Helmont, Dr. Fr. Antonie, Bernhard Earl of Trevisan, Sir Geo. Ripley, Rog. Bacon, Geo. Starkey, Sir Hugh Platt, and the Tomb of Semiramis, see more in the contents.
London: printed for William Cooper, 1684.
[6], 193, [5], 32 p. ; 15.5 cm. (8º)

Anonymous collection of treatises, some of them previously published separately, edited by William Cooper. Each of the first nine treatises has a special title-page dated 1683, but continuous pagination and register; the tenth has a special title-page with imprint date 1684 and separate pagination and register. Contents: (1) 'The Secret Of The Immortal Liquor Called Alkahest, Or Ignis-Aqua', by Eirenaeus Philalethes [i.e. George Starkey], with added title-page in Latin and parallel text in English and Latin; (2) 'The Practice Of Lights: Or An Excellent and Ancient Treatise Of The Philosophers Stone'; (3) 'Praecipiolum', by Jean-Baptiste van Helmont; (4) 'Aurum-Potabile', attributed to Francis Anthony, and probably drawn from his Medicinae chymicae, et veri potabilis auri assertio; (5) 'A Treatise Of Bernard, Earl Of Trevisan, Of The Philosophers Stone', a translation of De lapide philosophorum; (6) 'The Bosome-Book Of Sir George Ripley'; (7) 'Speculum alchymiæ', by Roger Bacon; (8) 'The Admirable Efficacy, And almost incredible virtue of true Oyl, which is made of Sulphur-Vive, Set on fire and called commonly Oyl of Sulphur per Campanam', by George Starkey; (9) 'Sundry New, And Artificial Remedies Against Famine', written by Sir Hugh Platt; (10) 'The Tomb Of Semiramis Hermetically Sealed', with dedication signed 'From my Study, Jan. 1. 1674.' -- Some copies (but not the Soane one described here) have an additional treatise with caption-title 'George Starkey's Pill Vindicated' and separate pagination (16 pp.) but register continuous with the tenth treatise. Includes a 'Catalogue of certain Chimical-Books Sold by William Cooper' (pp. [95--98]), and 'Books Sold by William Cooper' (pp. [134--137], [152] and [196--197]. ESTC r5297.

Copy Notes Inscribed in pencil on verso of front free-endpaper 5s scarce.

Binding Late C17th calf, blind-ruled borders, blind-tooled spine edge, blind-ruled spine panels, later red leather spine-label.

Reference Number 4545


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