MANUSCRIT. — [LIMOJON DE SAINT-DIDIER]

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MANUSCRIT. — [LIMOJON DE SAINT-DIDIER]

The Hermetic Triumph or the victorious Philosopher's Stone. Manuscript in-8 (185 x 108 mm), 82 and 133 pages, fawn basane, cold fillet, smooth ornamented back, red edges (18th century binding).
Manuscript from the very late 17th or early 18th century, the text of which is copied from the very rare Amsterdam edition of 1689 described by Dorbon in No. 2706.
It is decorated with a pretty alchemical plate drawn in pen and watercolour, reproducing the one from the 1689 edition.
Limojon de Saint-Didier, a diplomat and historian born in Avignon in the first half of the 17th century, accompanied the Count of Avaux to Holland and died at sea in 1689. He is responsible for this highly esteemed book of Hermetic Philosophy, which ends with a Letter to the True Disciples of Hermes containing six main keys to secret philosophy.
The copyist signed the manuscript at the end, in very small print: Vincent de Du.... (?).
At the top, in the same handwriting, is a handwritten copy of Basil Valentine's Twelve Keys to Philosophy and the Clavicle of the Precious Stone, accompanied by an original pen drawing outside the text showing the Emerald Table.
A few freckles, marginal wetnesses. Back redone in the imitation of the 18th century, restoration with binding.
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