Auction 357 Old & Rare Books - Various subjects

ALCHEMY -- STARKEY, G. Chymie, of Uytlegging der Nature en Helmont Verdedigd, Synde een korte en sekere weg tot een lang en gesond leven: Nevens De bereydinge der ware Medicynen, en des selfs gebruyk, met de Beschryving der Liquor Alchahest, Tydig voor alle die haar Gesondheid beminnen. Uyt het Engelsch vert. d. J. vande Velde. Amst., J. v.d. Velde, 1693. (16), 25-378 (=correct!), (38) pp. W. engr. front. 12°. Cont. vellum. (Lower front corner dam., vellum a bit soiled, upper endpapers gone, 2 holes in frontispiece and outer margin dam./frayed, paperflaw on leaf N5, sl. browned).

George Starkey (1628–1665) was a Colonial American alchemist, medical practitioner, and writer of numerous commentaries and chemical treatises that were widely circulated in Western Europe and influenced prominent men of science, including Robert Boyle and Isaac Newton. After relocating from New England to London, England, in 1650, Starkey began writing under the pseudonym Eirenaeus Philalethes. Starkey remained in England and continued his career in medicine and alchemy until his death in the Great Plague of London in 1665. - Rare Dutch translation of George Starkey's 'Nature's explication and Helmont's vindication' (Lond., 1657). Only 2 copies in NCC (TU Delft, UBA), not in UB Leiden. - Hoogendoorn, VeldeJac03; Schoneveld 573. Ex libris C.G. v. Arkel.

€ 750

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