Verae alchemiae artisque metallicae, citra aenigmata, doctrina, certusque modus, scriptis tum novis tum veteribus nunc primum & fideliter maiori ex parte editis, comprehensus. .
Basel: Heinrich Petri and Peter Perna, 1561.
1st Edition. Hardcover. Folio - over 12 - 15" tall. Very Good. Item #002879
Two parts in one volume. Folio (297 x 197 mm). , 244, 299  pp. Historiated and ornamental woodcut initials. Signatures: *8 a-t6 u8 A-Z6 Aa-Bb6. Contemporary vellum over thin boards, manuscript lettering to spine and bottom edge (minor staining to binding, corners chipped), presentation slip pasted to free front endpaper. Text with minor occasional browning and spotting, but generally clean and bright. Provenance: Giovanni Antonio Delfini (1506-1561), theologian and Vicar General of the Order of the Convent of San Francisco in Bologna, with his signature on title. Very good, unsophisticated copy in original binding. ----
Adams A-575; Duveen, p.268; Ferguson I-341; VD16 G 2915. FIRST EDITION of this rare and important compilation of alchemical texts, including works by Jabir ibn Hayyan, Roger Bacon, Richardus Anglicus, Robertus Tauladanus, Giovanni Battista da Monte, Arnaldus de Villanova, Albertus Magnus, Ramon Llull, Aristotle, Avicenna, Johannes de Rupescissa, Guglielmo Grataroli, Giovanni Braccesco, and Giovanni Aurelio Augurelli. Grataroli (sometimes seen as "Gratarolo") was a native of Bergamo who converted to Calvinism and settled in Basel, where he practiced and taught medicine, and wrote and edited works on medicine and alchemy. The Verae alchemiae was his most notable work. - Visit our website for additional images and information.
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