Paris: Guillaume Marette, 1612.
1st Edition. Hardcover. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. Very Good. Item #003725
4to (208 x 150 mm). 103  pp. With 8 allegorical woodcut illustrations in text, woodcut initials, a folding woodcut plate representing the "hieroglyphics" of Flamel. Signatures: A-N4. 19th century straight-grained plum morocco, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, boards and board edges tooled in gilt, marbled endpapers (minor wear to extremities, corners bumped, upper joint partially split, spine and parts of boards sunned, black-dyed edges). Text somewhat browned throughout, light waterstains to first and final pages, repaired and paper-backed split in folding plate slightly affecting two letters and the woodcut, a few cancelled old ink annotations and markings. ----
FIRST EDITION, VERY RARE, of three important alchemistical treatises. The first edition of Trois traictez de la philosophie natvrelle appeared 1612 in two issues of the same press, differing typographically throughout, one having 98 pages, the other 103 pages. Different editions and issues give the publisher variously as Guillaume Marette, M. Guillaume, M. Guillemot, and the widow of M. Guillaume or Guillemot Marette, with Thiboust not always mentioned. The surplus copies of the 98-page issue were reissued 1659 with a new title-page differing only in the imprint (A Paris, Chez Iaqves d'Allin, M. DC. LIX). The treatise contains the editio princeps of "Les figures hierogliphiques", a work presented as a text composed by Nicolas Flamel between 1399 and 1413. This one tells there that he acquired for two florins a mysterious and old book, 'all engraved of letters and figures', under the title of 'Book of Abraham the Jew, prince, Levite priest, astrologer and philosopher, to the people of the Jews [...]'. This treatise, written by a 'mighty learned man', explains the process of the 'Great Work'. The famous folding plate represents several pieces engraved on wood forming an arcade in the image of that which Nicolas Flamel had erected at the mass graves of the Innocents. It would contain the process of the 'Great Work', concealed under allegorical figures. The main subject shows the Eternal Father, on his right Nicolas Flamel, his hands joined at the feet of Saint Paul. Pernelle, his wife, on the left in the same attitude. Below are various subjects, including a Last Judgment, and, in the lower part of the tympanum, the Massacre of the Innocents. The work contains two additional treatises: "The secret book dealing with occult art & the Philosopher's stone" (Latin and French translation opposite) by Artephius, alchemist and Hermetic philosopher who is said to have lived in the Middle Ages; as well as 'The Vray Book of the Philosopher's Stone' by Synesius, Greek alchemist, poet and philosopher, bishop of Ptolemais (370-415) (Hatchuel). References: Caillet 3976; Duveen 27; Ferguson I:47-48 (variant issue); Goldsmith (BL) A-916; Rosenthal, Bibl. magica, 53. - Visit our website to see more images!
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