MANGET, Jean Jacques, editor (1652-1742). Bibliotheca chemica curiosa, seu rerum ad alchemiam pertinentium thesaurus instructissimus. Geneva ['Genevae']: Chouet, G. De Tournes, Cramer, Perachon, Ritter, & S. De Tournes, 1702. 2 vols., 2° (346 x 210mm). Engraved portrait frontispiece, 30 engraved plates and one text illustration, woodcut diagrams. One-leaf publisher's catalogue. (Variable light spotting and browning, occasional minor marginal worming, vol. II with light soiling to verso of 3 plates, plates 2 & 3 shaved at fore-edge just touching image, small marginal repair to 3P2.) 20th-century calf preserving contemporary endpapers (lightly rubbed, covers damp mottled). Provenance: some ink underlining and marginalia in an early hand towards end of vol. I.
FIRST EDITION. 'THE MOST COMPLETE COLLECTION OF ALCHEMICAL TEXTS EVER PUBLISHED ... FOR THE HISTORIAN OF CHEMISTRY THIS IS A MOST IMPORTANT AND INDISPENSABLE WORK' (Duveen). Manget was appointed physician to the Elector of Brandenburg in 1699, a position he retained when the Elector became King of Prussia. His work collects and reprints 'treatises on medicine and surgery, [which] are valuable as works of reference to books which either are now difficult to obtain or which have disappeared' (Ferguson p.71). There appear to be two issues of the work, distinguished by the use of either 'Genevae' (as here) or 'Coloniae Allobrogum' in the imprint. Both Bolton and Ferguson give a full listing of the treatises. Blake p. 285 (2 copies, 'Coloniae Allobrogum' and 'Genevae'); Bolton pp. 1004-1013 ('Genevae'); Brunet III, 1365 ('Genevae'); Caillet III, p. 28 ('Genevae', commenting 'ouvrage de la plus grande rareté'); Duveen p. 387; Ferguson II, pp. 68-71 (vol. I: 'Coloniae Allobrogum', vol. II: 'Genevae'); Graesse IV, p. 363; Waller 11192 ('Coloniae Allobrog.'); Wellcome IV, p. 42. (2)