ULSTADT (Philippe)

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ULSTADT (Philippe)

The Heaven of Philosophers, where the Secrets of Nature are contained. Paris, Vincent Gaultherot, 1550. In-8, fawn calf, double cold filleted frame, gilded finial at the corners and centre, decorated back (Binding of the period).
Dorbon, n°4991.
French translation of one of the most important treatises on alchemy related to the art of distillation.
52 woodcut figures depict philosophical stoves, horns, athanors and other utensils used by alchemists.
Originally from Nuremberg, doctor Philippe Ulstadt practiced in Freiburg, Switzerland. He composed this work based on work by Arnaud de Villeneuve, Albert Le Grand, Raymond Lulle, Marsile Ficin, etc., and first published it in 1525 under the title Coelum philosophorum. He describes in particular the circulatory distillation, which was widely used in the 15th century, praises the properties of drinking gold and brandy, and gives the recipe for a liqueur called "Emperor Frederick the Third's brandy", which was highly appreciated by gourmets of the Middle Ages.
The Treaty of Ulstadt was a great success and all its editions are rare.
Copy embossed in a 16th century Parisian binding, very restored, lining and guards renewed. Many old bookplates on the title. Small tear without missing on the M1 sheet. Wetnesses and freckles.
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