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The Jewel House of Art and Nature: containing Divers Rare and Profitable Inventions.

2nd Edition 1653. Full title 'The Jewel House of Art and Nature: containing Divers Rare and Profitable Inventions, together with sundry new experiments in the Art of Husbandry. With divers Chymical Conclusions concerning the Art of Distillation, and the Rare Practices and Uses Thereof.Whereunto is added, a rare and excellent Discourse of minerals, stones, gums, and rosins : with the vertues and use thereof. London, printed by Elizabeth Alsop, and are to be sold at her house in Grubstreet, near the Upper Pump, 1653. Title in woodcut typographic border and with woodcut of an ear of summer barley to verso, woodcut illustrations, head-pieces and decorative initials, [8], 232pp, title page, first text leaf and final 3 text leaves toned with some marginal fraying not affecting text or printed areas, final taxt leaf more frayed than others mentioned and repaired and laid down to tissue paper; title page with neat reinforcement to inner margin, couple of small old inkstains to p.24, toning towards outer edgeof margins of leaves throughout, small 4to,Bound in attractive modern quarter navy blue morocco gilt over marbled paper covered boards. First published in 1594 this compendium of useful household information including instructions on storing fruit and flowers, 'how to carry gold in a most secret manner', brewing, 'how to speak by signs onely', stealing bees, preventing drunkenness, 'keeping oysters good ten or twelve days', distilling, alchemy, a portable pump, oilskin clothing, sign language, bridge building, fishing, reviving colours of old pictures and much more. Scarce
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Two rare works on false teeth : Rapport sur les Dents Artificielles Terro-M? talliques . AND [Stitched with the same author’s:] R? ponse . a la Brochure de M. Dubois-Foucou .

Two rare works on false teeth (see note below). Full titles "Rapport sur les Dents Artificielles Terro-M? talliques . Extrait du Journal des Arts, des Sciences, de Litt? rature et de Politique." [Paris: 1808]. 14-pages. [Stitched with the same author's:] "R? ponse . a la Brochure de M. Dubois-Foucou . Intitul? e: Expos? de nouveau Proc? d? s pour la confection des Dents." [Paris: 1809]. 12-pages. 8vo (210 x 140mm). Stitched. Contained in a modern green buckram wallet. The first with undated title with date of publication written in later ink at foot of first page, though date printed 14 March 1808 to last text leaf. Title of the first work toned margins and with small irregular paper repair(?), else a Very Good and well preserved pair of unbound pamphlets.Notes : the first work is a Report of a commission appointed by the Paris Athenaeum to assess Fonzi's work. Guerini describes it as "an historical document of capital importance concerning the invention of mineral teeth" Garrison-Morton 3679.2; Guerini (Fonzi), pages 85-96 (translating the report in full); Worldcat locates 5 copies worldwideThe second work is the first response of Fonzi to Dubois-Foucou (Napoleon's dentist) attacking him as part of their ongoing rivalry. Worldcat locates only the Boston Athanaeum and Utrecht copies. The date is estimated as 1808 but could be year later.Both are very rare in commerce