Theatrum chemicum Britannicum : containing severall poeticall pieces of our famous English philosophers, who have written the hermetique mysteries in their owne ancient language. The first part / faithfully collected into one volume, with annotations thereon, by Elias Ashmole ...

London : Printed by J. Grismond for Nath. Brooke, at the angel in Cornhill, [1652]
[2, 16], 1-280, 285-292, 289-486, [8] pages, 2 unnumbered leaves of plates (1 folded) : illustrations ; 19 cm (4to)


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  • Signatures: pi1 A-3S⁴ [$3 signed ( -A1, B3, C1, I2, O2, Q2, 2U2, 2X2, 2Y3, 3D2; 2Z3 signed Zx3)].
  • Only this first part published.
  • T.p. in red and black.
  • Roman, italic and gothic type.
  • Printer's device on t.p.
  • Additional engraved frontispiece is signed "T. Cross sculp:"; most of the illustrations are signed "Ro: Vaughan. sculp:"; folded plate is signed "John Goddard sculpsit."
  • Full page engravings on p. 12, 44, 51, 91, 102 and 210. Folded leaf of plate is bound-in facing p.117.
  • The last four leaves contain a table of contents and glossary.
  • Ex copy: Imperfect: leaf Rrr4, and folding diagram entitled "Here followeth the figure conteyning all the secrets of the treatise both great & small," wanting.
Binding note
Princeton copy 1 Modern full calf binding.
  • The ordinall of alchimy / vvritten by Thomas Norton ...
  • The compound of alchymie : a most excellent, learned, and worthy worke / written by Sir George Ripley ... conteining twelve gates
  • Liber patris sapientiae
  • Hermes bird
  • The tale of the chanons yeoman / vvritten by our ancient and famous English poet, Geoffry Chaucer
  • The worke of John Dastin
  • Pearce the black monke upon the elixer
  • The worke of Rich. Carpenter
  • The hunting of the greene lyon / [Abraham Andrewes]
  • The breviary of naturall philosophy / compiled by the unlettered scholar Thomas Charnock
  • Bloomefields blossoms, or, The campe of philosophy / [William Bloomefield]
  • Sir Edward Kelle's worke
  • Sir Ed. Kelley concerning the philosophers stone, written to his especiall good freind [sic], G.S. gent.
  • Testamentum Johannis Dee philosophi summi ...
  • De lapide philosophorum / Thomas Robinsonus
  • Experience and philosophy
  • The magistery / W.B.
  • Anonymi, or, severall workes of unkowne authors
  • John Gower concerning the philosophers stone
  • The vision of sr. George Ripley, chanon of Bridlington
  • Verses belonging to an emblematicall scrowle / supposed to be invented by Geo: Ripley
  • The mistery of alchymists / composed by Sir Geo: Ripley
  • The preface prefixt to Sir Geo: Ripley's Medulla
  • A short worke that beareth the name of the aforesaid author, Sir G. Ripley
  • John Lydgate, monke of St. Edmundsbury, in his translation of the second epistle that King Alexander sent to his master Aristotle
  • Anonymi
  • The hermet's tale
  • A description of the stone
  • The standing of the glasse for the tyme of the putrifaction, & congelation of the medicine
  • Aenigma philosophicum / D.D.W. [R]edman
  • Fragments
  • Annotations and discourses upon some part of the preceding vvorke.
  • ESTC R205904
  • Wing (2nd ed., 1994) A3987
  • Duveen, D.I. Alchemica et chemica p. 31
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