REMARKS UPON ALCHEMY AND THE ALCHEMISTS, Indicating a Method of Discovering the True Nature of Hermetic Philosophy; and showing that the Search after the Philosopher's Stone had not for its Object the discovering of an Agent for the Transmutation of Metals; Being an Attempt to Rescue from Undeserved Opprobrium the Reputation of a Class of Extraordinary Thinkers in Past Ages.
Boston: Crosby, Nichols and Company, 1857. FIRST EDITION. Original binding with the front board held by tape; nevertheless, a Very Good volume and with aid from a binder, a FINE COPY could emerge. A Unique copy of the seminal 19th Century American work on the subject. PRESENTATION COPY FROM GENERAL HITCHCOCK TO HIS NEPHEW, HENRY which reads as follows: Dear Henry, Dean Swift drew his pen through every other line of a paper sent him by a scribbler for correction, and returned it, saying that he had half corrected it. The appearance of this volume may remind you of the joke. Your affec. Uncle, EAH. Feb, 1858. With emphasis, annotation, and correction in Hitchcock's own hand throughout the text. A second hand occasionally sidelined a paragraph in pencil and made a brief personal index to the volume on the front free end paper. 304 pages. Octavo. (Item ID: A30-13536)