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LE FÈVRE, Nicolas.


A Compleat Body of Chymistry: wherein is contained whatsoever is necessary for the attaining to the curious knowledge of this art… Laid open in two Books, and dedicated to the use of all apothecaries, &c. Rendred into English, by P.D.C. Esq… With additions. London: Printed for O. Pulleyn Junior, and are to be sold by John Wright… 1670. 1670.

Price £ GBP 1800.00

2 parts in 1 volume, 4to, pp. (xii), 286, (6); 1 leaf, pp. 3–36, 29–320, (8), and 6 folding engraved plates in the first part. Separate title-page to the second part, both title-pages with double-ruled borders, 2 full-page engravings (slightly shaved at the fore-edge) in the second part, woodcut ornaments. Contemporary mottled calf panelled in blind (lower joint cracked at top), red morocco label on spine, a fine and crisp copy. Small personal library stamp on verso of titles and on one or two other pages.

Second edition in English, first issue. “A great landmark of chemical literature, which did much to popularize the science of chemistry in the seventeenth century. This book ‘achieved a wide and lasting reputation. For the next hundred years it ranked as a standard treatise on chemistry…’ The first English edition appeared in 1664. This second English edition is corrected and contains additions from the Paris edition of 1669. It is the more complete of the two English editions and is discussed by Read (Humour and humanism in chemistry, London, 1947) pp. 101–114 and Partington (III, pp. 18–24). One of the great classics of seventeenth century chemistry” (Neville, pp. 30–31). Wing L926. Neville II, pp. 30–31. Duveen p. 346. This first issue does not have “Fellow of the Royal Society” on the title-page.

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