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BASILICA CHYMICA continens philosophicam propria laborum experientia confirmatam descriptionem et usum remediorum chymicorum selectissimorum e lumine gratiae & naturae desumptorum.

CROLL, Oswald (OSVALDUS CROLLIUS).

Published by Colonia Allobrogum Geneva no printer's name Venundantur in Officina Fabriana (1610)

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Item Description: Colonia Allobrogum Geneva no printer's name Venundantur in Officina Fabriana, 1610. In fine additus est eiusdem autoris tractatus novus de signaturis rerum internis. Very early edition 1610 (first published in Frankfurt in 1608), 2 parts in 1 volume, the tract "De signaturis rerum internis," has a separate half-title page and pagination, but the register is consecutive throughout. Latin text, small 8vo, approximately 160 x 100 mm, 6¼ x 23¾ inches, engraved device of Sebastian Gryphius (griffin) on first title page with motto "Virtute Duce", no printer named, a few head- and tailpieces and decorated initials, 2 large woodcuts (pages 319 and 323), and lists of alchemical signs and symbols on KK8-LL1, pages:(40), 1-364, (60); (14), 1-92, (36), collation: - 8, 4, A-MM8, NN4 (-NN4 which is a blank), bound in full modern calf, raised bands to spine, gilt titled black morocco label, top edges brown, new endpapers. The preliminary pages contain "De vera antiqua philosophica medicina elegia" by Ulrich Bollinger, found at the end of the volume in other editions. Title page and following 12 leaves very slightly browned at edges, tiny worm track in text from 5-A1, another starts on C1 and continues to D8 with partial loss of some letters, all easily legible, top corner missing on 6 leaves of prelims, no loss of printed area, small chip to fore-edge margin of 5 due to paper flaw, no loss, A1 repaired neatly in inner margin, L8r (page 175) is misprinted so that the fore-edge margin is very wide and the inner margin is not visible, all still easily legible, occasional very light margin water staining, occasional very slight browning. A very good copy of a rare early edition. The editions printed at Geneva do not have the engraved title page that is found in the Frankfurt editions. There is another edition printed in Geneva in 1610 which has the same title page as ours with the Gryphius device but underneath Coloniae Allobrogum states "excudebat Paulus Marcellus" with no mention of Officina Fabriana. Otherwise the text is printed as ours. Oswald Croll [c. 1560 - 1609] was a professor of medicine and alchemy at the University of Marburg in Hesse, Germany. A strong proponent of alchemy and of using chemistry in medicine, he attempted to influence thinkers of his day towards viewing chemistry and alchemy as two separate fields. He published one volume in 1609, the year of his death, containing two books "Basilica Chymica" and "De signatura rerum" plus a long preface in which he expounds the ideas of Paracelsus to whom he was devoted. Basilica Chymica is a comprehensive summary of his researches, methods of preparation, and studies into chemical medicine or iatrochemistry. He pushes for the understanding and recognition of chemical compounds and the medicinal value of herbs and other processes first advanced by Paracelsus. It also discussed matters such as compound remedies, chemical organisation and acted as an introduction to chemistry in later years. The Tractatus novus de signaturis covered the relation of alchemy and chemistry to other fields of science, especially botany, suggesting the use of the doctrine of signatures to determine the medical property of plants. Catalogue of Medical Books in the Manchester University Library page 83, No.612 (Geneva 1610 with printer named as Paulus Marcellus); Wellcome Library, Volume 1, page 87, not listing any early Geneva editions; Ferguson, Bibliotheca Chemica, Volume I, page 185. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST. Bookseller Inventory # 14405

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LA ROYALLE CHYMIE and TRAICTE DES SIGNATURES.

CROLL, Oswald (OSVALDUS CROLLIUS).

Published by Lyon Pierre Drobet (1624)

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Item Description: Lyon Pierre Drobet, 1624. FIRST FRENCH EDITION 1624, translated from Latin by J. Marcel de Boulene, small 8vo, approximately 165 x 100 mm, 6½ x 4 inches, engraved title page with vignettes of chemical apparatus and 4 small portraits of Hermes Trismegistus, Paracelsus, Raimon Lull and Geber, with a cabalistic circle at the top, 2 woodcut illustrations in the text, woodcut headpieces and initials, pages: (8), 223 - Preface Admonitoire, (2), 210 - Royalle Chymie, (57) - Table, (4), 119 - Traicte des Signatures, (31) - Table, lacks final blank (Kkk4), bound in antique full calf, raised bands, gilt decoration in compartments and gilt lettering to spine, edges stained red. Binding worn, cardboard showing at corners and on top and bottom edges, slight loss of leather at head of spine, 20 mm (¾ inch) missing at tail of spine, upper hinge starting to crack at head and tail, lower hinge starting at head, small crack also in top compartment, engraved title page trimmed losing all margins except the lower, tiny grazed patch to edge of 1 portrait due to adhesion, margins slightly trimmed, sometimes affecting running title, just shaving a few side notes mostly without loss of legibility, light ink stroke in 3 margins, occasional small light stains and light soiling mostly in the Chymie section, all easily legible, tiny hole in 1 text page with loss of 1 letter, tiny dark spot to a few lower margins, a few pages lightly age-browned, small worm track in lower margin of Preface from page 111-123, 2 small tracks in fore-edge margin of Chymie from page 149-177, all neatly repaired, affecting 1 side note, still easily legible, a little ink scribble in the margin of 1 page of the final Table, final page dusty. Binding tight and firm. A good copy of a scarce French translation. Oswald Croll [c. 1560 - 1609] was a professor of medicine and alchemy at the University of Marburg in Hesse, Germany. A strong proponent of alchemy and of using chemistry in medicine, he attempted to influence thinkers of his day towards viewing chemistry and alchemy as two separate fields. He published one volume in 1609, the year of his death, containing two books "Basilica Chymica" (La Royalle Chymie) and "De signatura rerum" (Traicte des Signatures) plus a long preface in which he expounds the ideas of Paracelsus to whom he was devoted. The Royalle Chymie is a comprehensive summary of his researches, methods of preparation, and studies into chemical medicine or iatrochemistry. He pushes for the understanding and recognition of chemical compounds and the medicinal value of herbs and other processes first advanced by Paracelsus. It also discussed matters such as compound remedies, chemical organisation and acted as an introduction to chemistry in later years. The Traicte des Signatures covered the relation of alchemy and chemistry to other fields of science, especially botany, suggesting the use of the doctrine of signatures to determine the medical property of plants. Wellcome library, No. 1678; Duveen, Bibliotheca Alchemica et Chemica, page 151 listing only the edition of 1633; Krivatsy, 17th Century Books in the National Library of Medicine, page 290, listing only the 1627 edition; Ferguson, Bibliotheca Chemica, Volume I, page 185 listing only Latin editions; Manuel Bibliographique des Sciences Psychiques ou Occultes by Caillet, page 404, No 2704. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST. Bookseller Inventory # 13036

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La royalle Chymie de Crollius, suivi du traicté des signatures, ou vraye et vive anatomie du grand & petit monde

CROLL, Oswald (Crollius)

Published by David du Petit Val, Rouen (1634)

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Item Description: David du Petit Val, Rouen, 1634. Couverture souple. Book Condition: Bon. Plein vélin de l'époque. In-8 (16,1x10,6 cm) de 1 feuillet (page de titre), 460 pages, 31 feuillets (tables), 126 pages (traicté des signatures), 16 feuillets (tables) Travail de vers marginal en fin d'ouvrage Rare édition de ce recueil de traités d'alchimie d'Oswald Croll, l'un des premiers disciples de Paracelse, traduit par le chirurgien Jean Marcel Boulene. L'ouvrage est divisé en trois traités, : - le premier propose une Préface admonitoire, contenant les mysteres tres-profond & plus rares de la Philosophie tant naturelle que de la grace, touchant l'excellence de la medecine Chymique, & grandeur du Microcosme; - le second est La Royalle chymie de Crollius , décrivant divers remèdes et recettes de médecine; - le troisième, à pagination séparée, constitue enfin un Traicté des signatures, ou vraye et vive anatomie du grand & petit monde. Cette partie qui contient de nombreux signes et symboles alchimiques manque souvent. RARE EDITION ROUENNAISE chez David du Petit VAL Duveen [151, Rouen edition Chez Jean Osmont] : "A rare edition" ___________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________ENGLISH_DESCRIPTION__________________ ____________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ Contemporary full vellum 8vo (6,3x4,2 inches) of 1 leaf (title page), 460 pages, 31 leaves (index), 126 pages (traicté des signatures), 16 leaves (index) Small worm hole. Rare French edition of this collection of treatises on alchemy of Oswald Croll, one of the first disciples of Paracelsus, translated by the surgeon Jean Marcel Boleyn. The book is divided into three treaties: - The first offers a admonitoire Preface, containing the very deep mysteries & Philosophy rarest of both natural grace, reaching the excellence of medicine Chymical, and magnitude of the Microcosm; - The second is "la Royalle chymie de Crollius", describing various remedies and recipes of Medicine; - The third one, separate pagination, is finally a Traict signatures, or true and deep anatomy of the great and little world. This part contains many signs and alchemical symbols often lacking. A RARE EDITION Duveen [151, Rouen edition Chez Jean Osmont] : "A rare edition" In 8 346g. Bookseller Inventory # A299

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