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[SOELDNER, Johann Anton.]

Fegfeuer Der Chymisten, Worinnen Für Augen gestellt die wahren Besitzer der Kunst;

Wie auch die Ketzer, Betrieger, Sophisten und Herren gern-Gross. Eröffnet von Einem Feinde des Vitzliputzli, der Ehrlicher Leute Ehre und der Auffgeblasen Schande entdecken will.

Amsterdam: [no publisher:] 1701 Stock Code: 143277
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The scarce and largely unrecorded first edition of this important collection of alchemical texts. This work is most often attributed to Johann Anton Soeldner and features excerpts from the works of many alchemists, including a striking account in verse of Edward Kelly and John Dee's alchemy experiments for the Bohemian nobleman Rosenberg and later for Emperor Rudolph.

Only two copies of this 1701 edition have been traced institutionally; one at the National Library of Israel, donated from the collection of Sidney M. Edelstein, the other held by the Embassy of the Free Mind in Amsterdam. Ferguson describes three issues of the more common, though still infrequently found, 1702 edition in his bibliographies and appears unaware of this earlier 1701 edition. He notes, however, an enlarged edition with a new title, Keren Happuch, posaunen Eliae de Künstlers (Hamburg, 1702), noting this as evidence that "the book was in demand" (Ferguson, p. 226).

Ferguson remarks that "whoever may have been the author, the book is of some importance as the sole source of the poetical extracts referring to Edward Kelly, Grassenhauer or Gustenhofer, Zachaire, and of a number of historical facts" (ibid.).

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Description

Octavo (164 x 100 mm). Recent brown speckled paper wrappers, plain endpapers.

Illustrations

Woodcut to title page.

Condition

Faint damp mark to lower outer tip of book block, not affecting text, a very good and notably well-preserved example.

Bibliography

Duveen, p. 555; Ferchl, p. 508; Ferguson, Young Collection II, p. 387; Ferguson Collection II, p. 226; Holzmann & Bohatta, Deutsches anonymenlexikon, no. 3057; Neu 3862; Neville II, p. 492 (all but Holzmann and Bohatta the 1702 edition).

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