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[Le miroir d'alquimie [and other works] . . . traduit de Latin en François]. [With:] Des choses merveilleuses en nature. [And:] De l'admirable pouvoir et puissance de l'art, & de nature, ou est traicté de la pierre philosophie. [And:] L'elixir des philosophes, autremont l'art transmutatoire. Lyon, par Macé Bonhomme,

BACON Roger (1557.)

£4000.00 

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Printer's device on each title-page, 10 woodcut illustrations in final part, ornamental woodcut initials and head-pieces.4 vols. in one. Sm. 8vo. 134pp. [1]f.; 191pp.; 95pp.; 205pp. 18th century calf, triple gillet fillet, gilt and panelled back, r.e (joints split, headcaps defective).

A practically complete copy of this very rare volume of this collection of works on alchemy which was issued in four parts, each with a separate title-page. Caillet (writing in 1912) remarks that the last copy to appear in a sale catalogue was that which appeared in the Yemeniz sale, which took place in 1867, and which fetched 85 francs. The collection consists of nine works of which eight are on alchemy, while the Des choses merveilleuses en nature, by Claude Celestin is a criticism of astrology and divination. All the works appear here in French for the first time and were by translated by Nicolas Bernard (parts one and four) and by Jacques Girard (parts two and three). This copy is complete except for the loss of two leaves of text in part one and one leaf in part four which have all been supplied in 18th century pen facsimile. This was the first of Bacon's works to be printed and first appeared in Latin in Nuremberg in 1541, with the first edition in English printed in 1597.

Contents. Part one: ROGER BACON. Le miroir d'alquimie; Hermes Trismegistus. La table d'Esmeraude; Hortulanus. Petit commentaire sus la table d'Esmeraude; Khalid ibn Yazid, al-Umawi, Le livre des secretz d'alquimie; Jean de Mehun, Le miroir. Part two: [Claude Celestin]. Des choses merveilleuses en nature. Part three: Roger Bacon, De l'admirable puissance del'art, & de nature, ou est traicté de la pierre philosophale. Part four: Pope Jean XXII. L'elixir des philosophes . . . L'art transmutatoire.

Roger Bacon was born in Somerset c. 1220, but after studying in Oxford, he left for France in order to continue his studies at the University of Paris, then the centre of intellectual life in Europe, joining the Dominicans whose erudite members included both Albertus Magnus and Thomas Aquinas. Bacon had studied the works of ancient scientific writers and produced many scientific treatises, as well as conducting his own scientific experiments.

Armorial bookplate of P. N. Hemey, presumably the writer Nicolas-Philibert Hémey d'Auberive (1739-1816); in the revolution Hemey's books and papers were burnt, and his house destroyed (see Nouvelle Biographie Générale). The pages which have been supplied in pen facsimile have probably been written by this owner.Baudrier VIII, 254-256. Not in Adams. Brunet I, 602.Caillet 624.

Stock Code: 46538