THREE TRACTS OF THE GREAT MEDICINE OF PHILOSOPHERS FOR HUMANE AND METALLINE BODIES. I. Intituled, Ars Metallorum Metamorphoses (The Art of the Transmutation of Metalls). II. Brevis Manuductio ad Rubinum Coelestum (A Short Manuduction to the Cælestial Ruby). II. Fons Chymicæ Philosophiæ (The Fountain of Chymical Philosophy). All Written in Latine by Eirenæus Philalethes, Cosmopolita. Translated into English for the Benefit of the Studious By a Lover of Art and Them.
London: Printed and sold by T. Sowle, at the Crooked-Billet, in Holy-well-Lane Shoreditch, Anno 1694. Masonic bookplate of the London Lodge; full leather binding with bands, antiquarian binding and worn around the edges, but firm; two old labels but no titles on spine; collated complete with the following anomalies - Tract I: pagination misnumbered between chapters III & IV, moving from page 48 to 65 but contiguous with the text. Tract III: first page should be numbered 149 but shows 151 (number 151 follows in right sequence); with an introduction signed, Philetæros and the preface signed, Philomathes; A VERY GOOD OR BETTER COPY with an unusual hand-written work bound at the front of volume on four leaves in an 18th century script, probably 1730-40. This begins: "I have scribed that in your booke which it's probable you will not approve, however, if I can satisfy you that Common Mercury (symbol drawn) is our principle in the Work, is what you reported(?): I think this may plainly appear about pag(e)...." and it proceeds with an erudite explanation of the alchemical work through the next nine pages (with additional marginalia throughout the volume). I have not been able to identify the writer and the hand is somewhat cramped though readable. The writer was no wiseacre but someone with a keen knowledge of the methods of Alchemy. (Item ID: 13459)