Furni Novi Philosophici; Sive, Descriptio Artis Destillatoriae Novae
Amsterdam, 1651 - 1664
by Glauber, Johann Rudolf
Amsterdam, 1651 - 1664: Joannes Janssonius. Full Leather. 12mo. 67, 148, 55, 83, 54, 72 pages. Contemporary full calf, red leather lettering piece on spine, marbled end papers and edges. One large folding plates, 8 woodcut illustrations, 4 full-page. Five parts in one volume: furni Novi Philosophici (1661); Furnorum Philosophicorum, Pars Altera (1661); Fornacum Philosophicarum, Pars Quarta (1658); Fornacum Philosophicarum, Pars Quinta (1651); Annotationes In Appendicem (1664). First and early editions in Latin, after the 1646-49 and 1646 original editions in German. The first title is the best account of Glauber's practical work, "certainly one of the most remarkable books on chemistry of the 17th century" (Ferguson), and containing most of his major discoveries. The second is a tract on the medicinal uses of potable gold. "Glauber has justly been called the best practical chemist of his day and the first industrial chemist. His instructions for the improvement of laboratory technique were instrumental in preparing the way for the chemical revolution of the next century. In his own estimation, however, the final goal of his labors was the perfection of the material world, capped by the preparation of the philosophers' stone." DSB V, 422-23. Waring, page 280. Internally very clean and bright. Armorial bookplate. Leather binding is worn and chipped at extremities; hinges split, but cords holding.
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