[Splendor Solis]. La Toyson d’or, ou la fleur des thresors, en laquelle est succinctement & methodiquement traicté de la Pierre des Philosophes, de son excellence, effect & vertu admirable. Paris: Charles Sevestre, 1613. [Bound with:] JEAN DE MEUNG. Le miroir dalquimie avec la table d'Emeraude d'Hermes Trismegiste, & le commentaire de l'Ortulain sur ladite table. Paris: Charles Sevestre, 1612. 2 works in one volume, 8° (162 x 100mm). Woodcut initials and headpieces, 21 (of 22) eighteenth-century pen and ink drawings pasted to spaces in text. (First work: 12 leaves lacking and supplied in eighteenth-century manuscript on blue paper, lacking engraved title and first illustration, title slightly shaved, some small tears; second work: wormhole throughout with some repairs and occasional slight loss of text.) 18th-century red morocco with gilt fillet border and corner fleurons, flat spine gilt with tan morocco lettering-piece, gilt edges (some scuffing and rubbing, corners bumped). Provenance: A.D. (note on front flyleaf stating the book was bound on 4 March 1786, having been purchased on the isle of San Domingo ten years earlier) — M. Goislard de Monsabert, Conseiller au Parlement (fl. 1788; armorial bookplate) — André Breton (1896-1966; bookplate designed by Salvador Dali, his sale, Paris, April 2003, lot 783).
ANDRÉ BRETON'S COPY. Trismosin is a mysterious figure who was traditionally thought to be the teacher of Paracelsus and the author of the Splendor Solis, an alchemical text known as the most magnificent treatise on alchemy ever made and first published in Rorschach in 1598. Charles Sevestre first issued this French translation in 1612, and the illustrations in this copy are close copies of the 1598 German edition. The treatise was originally issued with 22 engravings, 21 of which have been here supplied by original coloured drawings. Caillet 10840; Ferguson ii, 470; both works: Duveen p.587 & 308 (also bound together).