The Philosopher’s Stone

De Lapide Philosophorum, Drey Tractat…I. Manuale de Lapide medicinali. II. De Tinctura Physicorum. III. De Tinctura Planetarum. Vor nie gantz aussgangen.

Edited & with a Preface by Michael Toxites. Typographical device on title. 8 p.l. (final leaf a blank), 55 numbered leaves, one blank leaf. Small 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed paste-paper boards (first three leaves a little defective in lower outer corner, minor browning), spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Strasbourg: N. Wyriot, 1572.

First collected edition of all the texts Paracelsus had written during his lifetime on the “Philosopher’s Stone,” here gathered and edited by Toxites, the disciple of Paracelsus and a chief editor of his writings. In his Preface, Toxites states that the Manuale de Lapide medicinali is printed here for the first time. He also writes that the De Tinctura Planetarum was previously printed [Sudhoff 134 and 137] but in an incomplete and imperfect manner, omitting the most important parts. Toxites states that, in spite of claims that the De Tinctura Planetarum was not a genuine writing, he had seen Paracelsus’s original manuscript of the text.

Paracelsus believed the Tinctura Physicorum could cure cancer, syphilis, hydrophobia, epilepsy, and other incurable diseases.

Regarding De Tinctura Planetarum, Sudhoff comments that in this edition the text is considerably altered, relying on different translations of the original Latin text. In many cases, there is additional text not in earlier printings. His extensive analysis of the different printings of this text is a fascinating example of close reading and detective work.

Very good copy. WorldCat locates only one copy in North America.

❧ Sudhoff 140.

Price: $4,500.00

Item ID: 6578

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