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THE FIRST SYSTEMATIC MINERALOGY
IN A VERNACULAR LANGUAGE


[MINERALOGY] AGRICOLA, Giorgio. De la generatione de le cose, che sotto la terra sono, e de le cause de’ loro effeti e nature. Venice, Michelle Tramezzino, 1550.

Rare first Italian edition and first edition in any vernacular language of “the first handbook of modern systematic mineralogy” (Horblit/Grolier, Latin no. 1546).
$4,850


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Arsenic!


CASTELLO, Pietro. Chalcanthium Dodecaporion sive Duodecim Dubitationes in usu olei Vitrioli et defensio Antiquorum in Arsenici... ad Raymundum Minderum. Rome, Mascardi, 1629.

Rare first edition of this polemical work against the use of liquid salts and defending in their stead the controlled use of arsenic, bound with three other titles by the same author on 1)pharmacy, 2)a distilled vitriolic spirit, 3) the use of hellebore.
$3,450


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A ‘GOLDEN TRIPLET’ OF ALCHEMICAL TEXTS,
INCLUDING THE ‘TWELVE KEYS’, EMBLEMATIZED


MAIER, Michael. Tripus Aureus, hoc est, Tres Tractatus Chymici Selectissimi, nempe I. Basilii Valentini...Practica una cum 12 clavibus & appendice, ex Germanico; II. . Frankfurt, Paul Jacob for Lucas Jennis, 1618.

Scarce edition of three alchemical texts—comprising the first illustrated appearance of the ‘Twelve Keys’ of Basil Valentine, and the first printed editions of Thomas Norton’ The Ordinall of Alchemy, and John Cremer’s ‘Testament’—collected by the pre-eminent Rosicrucian apologist Maier.
$15,000


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THE FIRST PERIODIC TABLE OF THE ELEMENTS


MENDELEEV (or MENDELEYEV), Dmitri Ivanovich. Osnovy Khimii [Principles of Chemistry]. . St. Petersburg, Tip. Tovarishchestro “Obschestvennaja Pol’za”, 1869-71.

A fine copy - highly unusual for this book - of the rare first edition of Dimitri Mendeleev’s Principles of Chemistry, containing the first appearance of the periodic table of the elements. Mendeleyev was a Russian chemist “whose name will always be linked with his outstanding achievement, the development of the periodic table.
$108,500


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Organic Chemistry On The Index


RASPAIL, Francois Vincent. Nouveau Systeme De Chimie Organique, Fondur Des Methodes Nouvelles D'Observation... Paris, J.B. Bailliere, 1833.

First edition of a pivotal book in organic chemistry and the most important and original scientific work of a self-taught, somewhat belligerent scientist-politician Raspail (1794-1878).
$875


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