The first monograph on the element mercury
De hydrargyro tentamen physico-chemico-medicum. Pars prior (all published).
Vienna: Trattner, 1754.
1st Edition. Hardcover. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. Near Fine. Item #003165
4to (290 x 223 mm). , 218 pp. Title page printed in red and black and with engraved vignette, engraved headpiece on page 1. Bound in contemporary calf, spine richly gilt decorated, blind ruling to boards, all edges dyed red (slight wear to extremities, boards scratched, corners little bumped). Text clean and crisp throughout. A fine, wide-margined copy in untouched original binding. ----
NLM/Blake 478; Hoover 852; Krieg, MNE II, p. 335; not in Duveen. - RARE FIRST AND ONLY EDITION. The first monograph on mercury or quicksilver. It treats deposits, ore mining, extraction and purification of the metal, its chemical and physical properties as well as its applications in chemistry, medicine and physics etc. The beautiful title vignette shows a mining scene, the head vignette the use of mercury in the laboratory of the alchemist and the doctor. - Visit our website for additional images and information.
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