Frankfurt & Amsterdam: Thomae Matthiae Götzens & Joannem Janssonium, 1656.
Early Edition. Hardcover (Vellum). Very Good Condition. Item #047403
Full contemporary vellum, small repair to front cover, penned spine. Repair to first title page, browning through Miraculum Mundi, second title, the first part of his sprawling treatise on rebuilding post Thirty Years War Germany through the chemical industry, with some browning to first and last few pages, light dampstain to bottom right corner of most pages. Miravulum Mundi typeset with alchemical symbols. 62, (2)pp; (10), 188pp
Glauber worked at the line between Renaissance alchemy and modern chemistry - he discovered sodium sulfate which he called sal mirabilis (wonderful salt) and which came to be called Glauber's Salt and was the first to synthesize a number of compounds. He worked specifically on wine production and some of this work appears in the Germany's Prosperity volume bound second here. His miraculum mundi deals with his search for a universal solvent, somewhat akin to Paracelsus' "alkahest" but with he believed was a class of substances rather than a single substance. Ferguson 273 and 274 respectively. Size: Octavo (8vo). One volume of the 6-volume set. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilo. Category: Science & Technology; Chemistry; Inventory No: 047403.