Sendivogius, Michael [aka Michal Sedziwój;] (1566-1636) A New Light of Alchymie: Taken out of the Fountaine of Nature, and Manuall Experience. London: Printed by Richard Cotes, for Thomas Williams, at the Bible in Little-Britain, 1650. First English edition, quarto, containing Paracelsus's Of the Nature of Things, and A Chymicall Dictionary, each with a separate title page and separate collations; contemporary full brown sheepskin, sympathetically rebacked with a new lettering piece, flat spine, sewn on sunken alum-tawed sewing supports, printer's wate tabs, no endleaves, early 19th century ownership inscriptions on inner board and at top of title, some toning, good contemporary feel, 7 x 5 1/2 in.
Sendivogius was a pioneering Polish alchemist, philosopher, and medical doctor who was able to purify and create several acids, metals and other chemical compounds, and first described air as a compound substance that contained oxygen, a never before described and as yet unnamed element essential to life on earth.
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