THURNEISSER ZUM THURN, Leonhard. Melisath [Hebrew] ...Das ist ein Onomasticum und interpretatio oder aussführliche Erklerung, ... Uber etliche frembde un[d] ... unbekante Nomina, Verba etc. und sonst Reden ... Das Ander Theil. Berlin: Nicolaus Voltz, 1583.
2o (365 x 240 mm). Title printed in red and black within elaboratly woodcut border, with woodcut portrait of Thurneisser zum Thurn on verso, 8 double-page plates and tables at end. Bound in a vellum antiphonal leaf (light staining, darkening to spine).
FIRST EDITION of this ethymological dictionary of alchemy, which incorporates Greek, Arabic, Syrian, Hebrew, and Chaldean typefaces. One of his chief alchemical works Melisath "is a kind of dictionary directed to clarifying the works and ideas of Paracelsus, whose follower Thurneysser purported himself to be. But although he frequently quoted from Paracelsus, Thurneysser often invented the passages cited himself; and the Melisath contains citations of some eighty tracts by Paracelsus that never existed outside Thurneysser's own mind." This is the second, independent part, of the dictionary, the first part published 1574 in 8o. A rare work of one of the most important alchemistic books, by the alchemist, astronomer, physician and printer Thurneysser zum Thurn, with the often missing plates. Duveen 579; Ferguson II, 453; BM/STC German 862; NLM/Durling 4355; Wellcome I, 6302.