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Alchemy, Mineralogy and Secrets of 17th century. FIORAVANTI. Della Fisica... divisa in Libri Quattro.

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Alchemy, Mineralogy and Secrets of 17th century. FIORAVANTI. Della Fisica... divisa in Libri Quattro.
 FIORAVANTI, Leonardo. Della Fisica... divisa in Libri Quattro. Nelli quali si descorrono molte, & diverse materie molto importanti. Venezia, Zattoni, 1678.

In-small 8vo, mm. 150 x 90. Contemporary full vellum binding. Pp. (32), 365, 4 blank. Slight yellowings, but very nice copy.

Condition Report

Even the present, like the other works by the Fioravanti artist from Bologna, is essentially a list of "secrets" and recipes, collected by the author and in his long practice in Italy and in his frequent stays abroad. The first book deals with medicine in general, meteorology, the virtues of herbs and animals (one chapter is dedicated to Tobacco); the second describes alchemical "miraculous" remedies, and the manufacture of ointments and syrups; the third book, very curious, deals with products and findings from India and the Americas (drugs, herbs, spices), as well as the various regions of Italy, with their natural products, characteristics of the inhabitants, etc. The fourth and last book is entirely dedicated to alchemical subjects and contains "the true order to make the philosopher's stone, to transmute the metallic bodies into the Sun and the Moon". The first edition of the Physics had appeared in Venice in 1582.
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