Lugduni Batavorum: Samuelem Luchtmans, 1737. Hardcover. 32mo [149.86mm x 88.9mm]. Very Good / No Jacket. Item #001411
1737, 1738. Halfbound calf over speckled boards. Book I: First Edition. 445 p.p., ; Book II: Separate half-title and pagination.  36 p.p., . Boards and joints worn, light rubbing to edges. Early marginalia on verso of front free endpaper and p. 281. Otherwise in very good condition. Abraham Kaau-Boerhaave [1715-1758] was a dutch physician. He studied medicine at Leiden University, where his uncle, the famous Hermann Boerhaave, was a lecturer and professor of botany and medicine. The first book is a work of perspiration through the human body. Kaau was given a gold medal by the university for his essay, the Joys of the Alchemists. A satirical work, his oration was in fact a mocking account of the ancient art. (Principe, Lawrence M. Alchemy Restored. Isis, Vol. 102, no. 2. June 2011. p.p. 305-312.).