THE LIVES OF THE ADEPTS IN ALCHYMYSTICAL PHILOSOPHY; With a Critical Catalogue of Books in Occult Chemistry, and a Selection of the Most Celebrated Treatises On the Theory and Practice of the Hermetic Art.

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London: Lackington & Allen, 1815. [However, title page is from the true first edition, the 1814. See below for the interesting collation.] Quarter bound in contemporary brown Morocco and fine buckram; matching corners with new end papers, A FINE COPY. The title page has been mounted, and is the rare 1814 imprint. The small plate sometimes found in the 1815 edition is not present. As to Barrett's attribution, modern scholars as well as Waite, have cast logical doubt on this supposition, but as it has been traditionally held to be true, it has been left in place, given that no other but Anonymous is available at this time. However, there is little doubt that most of the treatises have been drawn from Lenglet du Fresnoy. Pritchard 50.1; Ferguson II, 41. Barrett as author has always been a controversial issue. Robert Watt named him such first, but many others have questioned this citation, including Waite. [ii], 384 pages, [ii], the latter two pages being an index to the contents. (Item ID: 17767)

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