"Medical rather than chemical secrets"

(Bentz, Adolph Christoph). Das in der tieffesten Krufft vergrabene und nunmehro entdeckte Kleinod, welches ist der alleredelste Schatz der Philosophorum, nemlichen Lapis Philosophorum seu medicina universalis. Wie uns auf was Weise zu derselbigen zu gelangen, gantz deutlich und ohnverdeckt beschrieben. Nebst einem Anhang einer Warnungs-Schriftt der falschen Gold- und Silber-Tincturen, Pulver und Pillen [...].

Frankfurt, Johann Adolph, 1714.

8vo. (30), 112 pp. Contemporary green marbled wrappers (spine professionally restored).


First edition. Bentz served as the town doctor of Uffenheim; "he is said to have collected medical rather than chemical secrets" (Ferguson). Still, Bentz notably drew the ire of the influential Freemason who published under the name of Hermann Fictuld. The author signs his name on the title-page as "A[dolph] C[hristoph] B[entz] M[edicinae] D[octor]", giving his full name at the end of the dedication as well as that of the preface.

Somewhat browned throughout due to paper stock; a small repaired edge tear to the dedication. From the library of the Royal Hungarian Geological and Geographical Society with their old Hungarian library stamp ("Kir. Magyar Természet-Tudományi Társulat") to title-page.


Ferguson I, 96. Blake 41. Ferchl 35. Neu 400. OCLC 56865020.

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