London, South Kensington
28 April 2000
GLAUBER, Johann Rudolph. Furni novi philosophici, sive descriptio artis destillatoriae novae ..., Amsterdam: J. Jansson, 1651. 6 parts in one volume, 8°, titles with printer's device, 3 folding engraved plates (one plate with short tear along fold, another with very short marginal tear not affecting plate, one or two light spots, front endpaper loose) [bound with the same author's:] De auri tinctura sive auro potabili vero [Amsterdam, 1651], 8°, later brown calf (worn, upper cover starting to detatch). FIRST EDITIONS.
Norman 909: "A self-taught chemist in the iatro-chemical tradition of Paracelsus, Glauber was responsible for many practical advances in the science of chemistry, the most important being the invention of improved distilling furnaces (he may have been the first to construct one with a chimney) that greatly increased the range of distillable substances ... his influence quickly spread throughout Europe as his Furni Novi Philosophici, appeared in English, Latin and French translations, and his efforts were praised by both Robert Boyle and Herman Boerhaave". Wellcome III, 122-125.
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