Theatrum Sympatheticum, in quo Sympathiae Actiones variae, singulares & admirandaetam Macro-quam Microcosmicae exhibentur, & Mechanice, Physice, Mathematice, Chimice & Medice, occasione Pulveris Sympathetici, ita quidem elucidantur, ut illarum agendi vis & modus, sine qualitatum occultarum, animaeve Mundi, aut spiritus astralis Magnive Magnalis, vel aliorum Commentariorum subsidio ad oculum pateat. Opusculum lectu jucundum & utilissimum; Digbaei, Painii, Helmontii, aliorumque recentiorum scriptorum prolata exhibens & trutinans, atque ipsius Pulveris Sympathetici germanam & optimam descriptionem simul exponens. [with] Sympathetici Pulveris Examen: Quo Superstitiosa ac fraudibus Cacodaemonis implicita Vulnerum et Ulcerum Curatio in distans, Per Rationis trutinam, ad ipsas Naturae Leges expenditur; Subversis Curae Sympatheticae Fundamentis, ab Illustriss. Comite Digbaeo, nec non D.D. Papinio, & Mohyo, positis.

By: Digby, Kenelm; Endter, Johann Andreas; Strauss, Lorens; Deusingio, Antonio

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Ink name and minor pencil notes on endpapers, ink note on base of title page, ink Harvard Minot Fund and duplicate stamps on copyright page. 1661 Hard Cover. [xii], 259; [xii], 660 pp. 12mo. Latin text. Vellum binding with title in black ink on spine. Two works of medical quackery touting the benefits of 'powder of sympathy': Theatrum Sympatheticum, in quo Sympathiae Actiones variae, singulares & admirandaetam Macro-quam Microcosmicae exhibentur, & Mechanice, Physice, Mathematice, Chimice & Medice, occasione Pulveris Sympathetici, ita quidem elucidantur, ut illarum agendi vis & modus, sine qualitatum occultarum, animaeve Mundi, aut spiritus astralis Magnive Magnalis, vel aliorum Commentariorum subsidio ad oculum pateat. Opusculum lectu jucundum & utilissimum; Digbaei, Painii, Helmontii, aliorumque recentiorum scriptorum prolata exhibens & trutinans, atque ipsius Pulveris Sympathetici germanam & optimam descriptionem simul exponens. [with] Sympathetici Pulveris Examen: Quo Supsertitiosa acfraudibus Cacodaemonis implicita Vulnerum et Ulcerum Curatio in distans, Per Rationis trutinam, ad ipsas Naturae Leges expenditur; Subversis Curae Sympatheticae Fundamentis, ab Illustriss. Comite Digbaeo, nec non D.D. Papinio, & Mohyo, positis. The first work includes contributions by several authors, among them Kenelm Digby. Digby set himself the task of examining on mechanical principles the concepts of current Paracelsian chemistry, especially alchemy and the 'universal spirit' giving life to all things. In Paris he studied chemistry under the Scottish royal physician, William Davidson. John Evelyn visited Digby at his laboratory on 7 November 1651 and was given his 'powder with which he affirmed that he had fixed mercury before the late King' and 'a dissolvent of calx of gold' (Evelyn, Diary, 3.20, 48). Digby's experiments often involved faulty observation and conclusions that went further than the facts allowed. A prime example was the celebrated 'sympathetic powder'. Made from dried green vitriol, this was a variant of the well-known Paracelsian 'weapon salve' which cured wounds by being applied, not to the patient, but to the offending weapon. He offered a complex mechanical explanation in a lecture to a congress of French virtuosi (A Late Discourse Made at Montpellier, 1658). Digby had cured his friend James Howell, then the duke of Buckingham's secretary, of a sword-cut in the hand by dissolving some powdered vitriol crystals in water and plunging into the mixture a cloth stained with blood from the wound. The pain in Howell's hand, some yards away, immediately ceased. Many were convinced by Digby's evidence, including Joseph Glanvill, later a Royal Society fellow, and Nathaniel Highmore, a distinguished anatomist and friend of William Harvey. In fact the cure lay in washing and bandaging the wound... Digby was not among the ten men who held the initial meeting of the Royal Society on 28 November 1660 but was among the twelve additional members elected a fortnight later... He became a member of the chemical committee. His personal distinction added lustre to the new body, whose patron, Charles II, was himself a chemist in the Paracelsian tradition. Digby's paper on the vegetation of plants, read on 23 January 1661, was the first formal publication authorized by the society, entitled A Discourse Concerning the Vegetation of Plants (1661). It described Digby's detailed observation and experiments and attempted to draw wider conclusions, among them that a nitrous salt in earth 'attracteth a like salt that fecundateth the air a hidden food of life' (p. 64), echoing Paracelsus, Duchesne, Seton, and Sendivogius. Never one of the central core of members, Digby's attendance at the society's meetings decreased with time, perhaps owing to ill health and the increasingly obvious divergence of his thinking from that of Robert Boyle and his associates. Digby's paper was his last publication. Increasingly he turned to medicine and collecting recipes for cookery and wine-making. - Dictionary of National Biography

Title: Theatrum Sympatheticum, in quo Sympathiae Actiones variae, singulares & admirandaetam Macro-quam Microcosmicae exhibentur, & Mechanice, Physice, Mathematice, Chimice & Medice, occasione Pulveris Sympathetici, ita quidem elucidantur, ut illarum agendi vis & modus, sine qualitatum occultarum, animaeve Mundi, aut spiritus astralis Magnive Magnalis, vel aliorum Commentariorum subsidio ad oculum pateat. Opusculum lectu jucundum & utilissimum; Digbaei, Painii, Helmontii, aliorumque recentiorum scriptorum prolata exhibens & trutinans, atque ipsius Pulveris Sympathetici germanam & optimam descriptionem simul exponens. [with] Sympathetici Pulveris Examen: Quo Superstitiosa ac fraudibus Cacodaemonis implicita Vulnerum et Ulcerum Curatio in distans, Per Rationis trutinam, ad ipsas Naturae Leges expenditur; Subversis Curae Sympatheticae Fundamentis, ab Illustriss. Comite Digbaeo, nec non D.D. Papinio, & Mohyo, positis.

Author: Digby, Kenelm; Endter, Johann Andreas; Strauss, Lorens; Deusingio, Antonio

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Publisher: Amstelaedami / Groningae, Thomae Fontani / Johannis Collen: 1661

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