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Pseudo-Lull. Testamentum, 1566

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000
ca. US$2,536 - US$3,805
Price realised:  £2,000
ca. US$2,536
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Pseudo-Lull. Testamentum, duobus libris universam artem Chymicam complectens, antehac nunquam excusum. Item eiusdem compendium Animae Transmutationis Artis Metallorum, absolutum iam & perfectum, 1st edition, Cologne: Johann Byrckmann, 1566, [4], 240 numbered leaves, [8], with two folding woodcut illustrations, and woodcut illustrations to text, some marks and waterstain towards front of volume, modern blind-decorated full calf to style, morocco gilt label to spine, 8vo (Qty: 1) First appearance in print of ‘the earliest text in what became the Pseudo-Lullian corpus and a touchstone for the addition of gemstones to the elixir’s medical and transmutational virtues’ (Nummedal, Anna Zieglerin and the Lion's Blood: Alchemy and End Times in Reformation Germany, p. 224). Pseudo-Lull’s Testamentum offers a reconciliation of Christian scholasticism with alchemical doctrine, placing the quinta essentia, or divine essence which produces the four elements of our world, at the centre of the alchemical quest, to be obtained through the process of distillation.

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Dominic Winter Auctioneers, Mallard House
Title: The Library & Picture Collection of the late Martin Woolf Orskey
Date of the auction: 26 Jun 2019
Address: Dominic Winter Auctioneers, Mallard House
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