Giovanni Agostino Pantheo

Giovanni Agostino Pantheo. Voarchadumia contra alchi'miam.Venice, 1530.

Giovanni Agostino Pantheo. Voarchadumia contra alchi'miam.Venice, 1530.

This alchemical work is highly unusual for its early use of four-colour printing. Pantheo (1517-1535) was a Venetian priest who wrote against “spurious” alchemy. In the present work he deals partly with the assay of gold, which is illustrated by drawings of rolling mills, furnaces of various sorts and alchemical apparatus. The volume also includes woodcuts showing the minting of coins, and a bird’s-eye view of Venice and its surroundings.

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