Montpelier: Daniel Pech, 1671.
Extremely rare complete copy of this important work “less than a dozen copies are known to exist, most imperfect with missing leaves and fewer plates” (The Roy G. Neville Historical Chemical Library, vol. 2, p. 153 - describing their copy as “probably the finest example extant” – this copy collates as theirs and is similarly bound in contemporary unrestored calf).
“Sold only by the author at his home in Montpellier, the Pratique contains clear directions on practical operations and the preparation of chemicals. Matte La Faveur (fl. 1671), distiller and demonstrator of chemistry at Montpellier, simultaneously gave a course at Paris until 1684, when he was succeeded by the famous chemist Nicolas Lemery. Undoubtedly, Lemery used this work when writing his celebrated Cours de Chymie(1675), and it is well known that he seldom acknowledged his sources. The Pratique forms a direct link between the Traite de la Chymie (1663) of Christophle Glaser and the Cours of Lemery. Extremely rare.” (Neville).
Caillet, 7225; Dorbon-Aine, 6273; Duveen, 395; Ferchl, 345; Goldsmith, M669; Neu, 2681; Partington, 111, 27; Poggendorff, 11, 78; Sotheran, Cat. 800 , 11519; Thorndike, VIII, 141; Thornton 8c, Tully, 122.
8vo (158 x 100 mm), fully complete: pp [x], 360, 10 (explanatory leaves), [xxxii]. Engraved (armorial) frontispiece, 13 engraved plates, folded leaves, one being a table of chemical symbols. Contemporary full calf. Spine with five raised bands, rich gilt compartments with floral vignettes and gilt title. Edges mottled red. Entirely unrestored - a very fine copy of this very important and most rare work book.