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SENNERT, Daniel (1572–1637)

Epitome naturalis scientiae . Editio Ultima

Amsterdam: sumptibus Ioannis Ravensteinii, 1651
12mo: π1 *6 A–2I12 2K–2L6, 421 leaves, pp. [14] 679 [23] (last page blank); [90] (last page blank). Engraved title on π1; final 90-page section with dated titlepage on 2G4 ‘Auctarium epitomes physicae’; engraved diagram on p. 315.
Condition: 129 x 72mm.
Binding: Contemporary English calf, blind ruled sides with small corner ornaments, flat spine with single blind ruled panel with three ornaments at top and bottom, old paper label. A little rubbed, lacking one of two front free endleaves.
Later edition. Hans Kangro (DSB 12, 313) suggests that the book was first published in 1600 though he had not seen a copy and most authorities give 1618 as the date of the first edition.
Bibliography: Krivatsy 10937; Wellcome V, p. 88; Neville II, p. 460.
£350

This textbook of natural philosophy was one of Sennert's chief works and is important in the history of chemistry. The second part ‘Auctarium epitomes physicae’ (first printed at Wittenberg in 1635) is based on chapters 11 and 12 of Sennert's De chymicorum cum Aristotelicis et Galenicis consensu ac dissensu and is entirely on chemistry. Chapter IV is ‘De lapidibus et gemmis’; and V ‘De metallis’.
It is of some interest that this copy has an English binding and provenance as a competing edition was published at Oxford in 1653 and reprinted in 1664.
Keywords:     natural philosophy