Lot #258
Washington Irving

"The mirror of alchimy"
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Estimate: $200+


"The mirror of alchimy"

Ink signature, "Bacon / Roger / The mirror of alchimy, W. Irving, April 9th, 19,” on an off-white 3.5 x 2.25 sheet. In fine condition, with scattered light foxing to the slip (and heavy foxing to the engraving, affecting appearance).

The Mirror of Alchimy is a short alchemical manual, known in Latin as Speculum Alchemiae. Translated in 1597, it was only the second alchemical text printed in the English language. Long ascribed to Roger Bacon (1214-1294), the work is more likely the product of an anonymous author who wrote between the thirteenth and the fifteenth centuries.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs and Artifacts
  • Dates: #602 - Ended February 10, 2021

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