Glauber, Johann Rudolf (1604-1670) The Works of the Highly Experienced and Famous Chymist Containing Great Variety of Choice Secrets in Medicine and Alchymy. London: Printed by Thomas Milbourn, for the Author; by D. Newman; and W. Cooper, 1689. First edition, folio, illustrated with engraved frontispiece and nine full-page woodcut and engraved illustrations extraneous to the collation, including a repeat of the frontispiece, ex libris Bradford Public Library, with their stamp on the verso of the title, frontispiece, and each plate, some edge wear, discoloration, and marginal reinforcements to typographical title and plates; bound in modern half leather, 13 3/4 x 8 3/4 in.
Glauber was an industrial chemist and chemical engineer who made contributions to the study of wine production informed by his knowledge of chemistry, and improved the design of furnaces and distillation equipment. He was also an apothecary and provided free medical treatment to the poor. He was the first to synthesize and isolate antimony trichloride, arsenic trichloride, tin tetrachloride, and zinc chloride. Soldium sulfate, which he produced as a safe and effective laxative, is called Glauber's salt in his honor.
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