Les débuts de l'imagerie alchimique: XIV-XV siecles. Barbara OBRIST.

Les débuts de l'imagerie alchimique: XIV-XV siecles.

Paris: Le Sycomore / Féodalisme, 1992. First Edition. Softcover, Octavo. 328 pp. [+72 pp of plates] . Printed glossy card covers with flaps. B&W and colour illustrations. FRENCH TEXT. A scholarly study of the birth of alchemical iconography in mediaeval Europe, during the fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries. Orbrist takes as a starting point two Dutch treatises attributed to "Constantinus" and "Gratheus" that survive in an Austrian codex, which, if Obrist's theories are correct, contain the earliest alchemical illustrations to be found in Western texts. Creases to spine and front cover, edges and folds of wrappers rubbed, publisher's laminate starting to lift in places. Pages heavily browned as always with this volume. Unfortunately the book is glued and not sewn, and due to it's production values, age, and size, copies tended to fall apart, which probably accounts for its scarcity. This copy will have to be read carefully if it is to remain intact, and is sold "as is." A G+ copy of a scarce and important volume. Item #68899
ISBN: 978286262137

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