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Alan Pritchard
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 Posted: Thu Jan 15th, 2015 04:52 am
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Beck Sayre, Meridith <meribeck@indiana.edu>
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Dear Exlibris community,

I am working on a bibliography of the alchemical works owned/read/cited by Isaac Newton. Many of the alchemical titles referenced by Newton were printed in the first half of the seventeenth century in Frankfurt; I am wondering if anyone is aware of scholarship on alchemical publishing in Frankfurt (or Germany, generally) during the early-modern period? Several of the texts, for example, were printed by Guilielmi Fitzeri in 1630.

In addition to this narrow query, I am more generally trying to track down previous scholarship on the print culture of alchemy. I am aware of the usual suspects, such as Ambix and Harrison’s The Library of Isaac Newton, of course; however, I have yet to encounter work that specifically deals with the history of alchemical printing. So, any general references in this vein would be much appreciated.

Thank you!
Meridith Beck Sayre

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 Posted: Thu Jan 15th, 2015 04:57 am
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There's quite a good account of William Fitzer here:

http://www.historyofscience.com/pdf/William%20Fitzer%20the%20publisher%20of%20Harveys%20De%20Motu%20Cordis%201628.pdf

William Eamon might be worth contacting:

http://williameamon.com/

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 Posted: Sat Jan 17th, 2015 11:26 am
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OK if I pass that on, Paul?

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 Posted: Sat Jan 17th, 2015 11:28 am
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Alan Pritchard wrote:
OK if I pass that on, Paul?

Yes of course.

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 Posted: Fri Jan 23rd, 2015 01:22 pm
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I'm not sure if references to German scholarship would be tremendously helpful, but this one certainly came to mind:
Kassell, Lauren, 'Secrets Revealed: Alchemical Books in Early-Modern England', History of Science 49 (2011), 61-87.
Please feel free to pass it along.

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 Posted: Fri Jan 23rd, 2015 02:39 pm
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Thank you, Mike


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