PALISSY (Bernard)

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PALISSY (Bernard)

Works, reviews on copies of the King's library, with notes. Paris, Ruault, 1777. In-4, fawn calf, triple gilded net, fleuron at the corners, coat of arms in the centre, decorated back, red title piece, inner castor, red edges (original binding).
Caillet, n°8265.
First collective edition of the works of this great Renaissance scholar, with notes and comments by Faujas de Saint-Fond and Gobet.
Bernard Palissy, a ceramist who lived in the 16th century, was one of Ambroise Paré's professors at the University of Paris. He left several treatises concerning hermetic philosophy and alchemy, notably on stones, waters and fountains, metals, various salts, drinking gold, mitridate or tériaque, etc.
Copy to the arms of the Duke of La Trémoille.
It does not contain the portrait of Benjamin Franklin engraved by Cochin, nor the epistle dedicated to this scholar, which have been removed from most copies (cf. Brunet, vol. IV, col. 320).
Clear marginal freckles. Blunt corners, one of them restored; two slightly cracked jaws.
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