A NEW LIGHT OF ALCHYMY: TAKEN OUT OF THE FOUNTAIN OF NATURE AND MANUAL EXPERIENCE
by Sędziwój, Michał, [~1556-~1646, Michael Sendivogius]; French, John; Dorn, Gerhard
London: printed by A. Clark, for Tho. Williams at the Golden Ball in Hosier-Lane, 1674. Hardcover. Small Octavo, , 351 pages; G; rebound in new 1/4 black leather, gray cloth boards, paneled spine with burgundy label and gilt lettering; previous endpapers preserved; LACKING FIRST TITLE PAGE, on one of the endpapers someone has drawn/written a copy of the title page in ink, including every word of the original; 'Of the Nature of Things,' a translation of part of 'Metamorphosis', and 'A Chymical Dictionary', based on 'Dictionarium Theophrasti Paracelsi' by Gerhard Dorn, each have separate dated title page; pagination is continuous; handwritten table of contents at the end of the Epistle, handwritten notes on blank page 301, some light and sparse marginalia in both pen and ink; some minor trimming to upper edges of some pages; scarce; shelved case 3. Michael Sendivogius (Polish: Michał Sędziwój; 1566-1636) was a Polish alchemist, philosopher, and medical doctor. A pioneer of chemistry, he developed ways of purification and creation of various acids, metals and other chemical compounds. He discovered that air is not a single substance and contains a life-giving substance-later called oxygen, 170 years before Scheele's discovery of the element. He correctly identified this 'food of life' with the gas (also oxygen) given off by heating nitre (saltpetre). This substance, the 'central nitre', had a central position in Sendivogius' schema of the universe. Daniel Stolcius in his Viridarium Chymicum (1624) praises Sendivogius as the author of twelve books. The most famous of these was his "New Chemical Light", published in 1604. Besides a relatively clear exposition of his theory on the existence of a 'food of life' in air, his books contain various scientific, pseudo-scientific and philosophical theories, and were repeatedly translated and widely read among such worthies as Isaac Newton into the 18th century. [wikipedia]; Wing S2507A; ESTC Citation No. R28861;. Dupont.
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