Les elemens de chymie de M. Iean Beguin aumosnier du roy. Reueuz, notez, expliquez, & augmentez, par I. L. D. R. B. IC. E. M. En cette derniere edition ont esté adiouttées plusieurs explications obmises aux precedentes impressions, & plusieurs preparations de remedes tirés de la derniere edition Latine.
Item ID 19974
Lyon, Claude Chancey, 1665. Small 8vo (15.6 x 9.5 cm). Title page with wood engraving, [xiv], 384, [xxiv] pp. Three wood engravings in the text. Twentieth century full calf. Spine with five gilt-lined raised bands; compartments with small gilt floral vignettes and morocco label with gilt title. Marbled endpapers. Rare early treatise on chemistry in two parts. Includes the wood engraved printers device on the titlepage (with a repair at the lower right corner), an interesting list of "les operations de Chymie" and a list of the main "minerals" (actually elements) being: plomb (Saturne), estain (Jupiter), le fer (Mars), l'or (Sol), cuivre (Venus) and argent (Mercure and lune). This is probably the third edition ("cette derniere edition ont esté adiouttées plusieurs explications obmises aux precedentes impressions"); the first printing was published in 1620. The three engravings depict two primitive furnaces and one with several bottles especially made for chemical experiments. The pictorial bookplate of the chemical library of Roland Voegeli on the front pastedown. The binding is later but very well-done. Some text in an old hand on the blank verso of the last page, and on the list of minerals. A few pages cut short, and a faint waterstain on the bottom of the first pages; otherwise a good, complete copy. Rare early treatise on chemistry with illustrations of furnaces, distillery equipment and more