Paris: Chez l'autheur, 1663.
Rare first edition of this very important chemistry text, which went through some thirteen editions between 1663 and 1710. It is one of the earliest attempts to strip chemistry from its alchemical mysticism and to describe chemical preparations in an unambiguous manner. "The work is divided into two books: book I briefly describes the utility, definitions, principles, operations, and apparatus of chemistry: book II is devoted to a description of medicinal preparations drawn from the mineral, vegetable, and animal kingdoms. The section devoted to mineral remedies is by far the largest. Little is novel in these preparations, although Glaser displays individual refinements of technique. His recipe for a sel antifebrile (potassium sulfate made by heating saltpeter and sulfur and recrystallizing from water) became uniquely identified with him and was later known as sel polychrestum Glaseri. The naturally occurring mixed sulfate of sodium and potassium (3K2SO4:Na2SO4) was named glaserite in his honor." (DSB).
8vo (162 x 98 mm), bound in 19th century fine half calf over marbled boards, richly gilt spine with red title label, joints starting but still strong and intact, edges died in red, corners in green vellum. Fully complete: pp [2:engraved title], [viii], 1-378, [3:privilege] and 2 folding engraved plates. A very fine and clean copy. Rare.