[LENGLET DUFRESNOY (l'abbé Nicolas)]

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[LENGLET DUFRESNOY (l'abbé Nicolas)]

History of Hermetic Philosophy. Accompanied by a Catalogue raisonné of the Writers of this Science. Paris, Le Clerc, 1744. 3 volumes in-12, marbled calf, crowned M number in the centre of the dishes, decorated back, red title and green tomaison pieces, red slices (period binding).
Caillet, n°6496. - Dorbon, n°2628.
Essential source for the knowledge of the alchemical philosophy of the Ancients.
The book contains interesting information on the main alchemists: Avicenna, Lulle, Arnauld de Villeneuve, Bacon, Albert le Grand, Flamel, Bernard le Trévisan, Trithème, Agrippa, Paracelsus, Khunrath, Sendivogius and Séthon, Planis-Campy, etc.
The catalogue referred to in the title can be found in Volume III, listing 947 authors' names and more than 1000 works.
Copy of the indeterminate number affixed in the 19th century (number M with an imperial crown).
Pitting and freckles, missing the false titles of volumes I and III. Some restorations with binding (corners, caps and jaws).
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