Uses of minerals, 1657.
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Woodcut showing various stages of mineralogy from mining to assaying. One figure is weighing using scales, another is ploughing fields. Illustration introducing a section discussing how minerals and their extracts can be used. From 'Le Vray et Methodique Cours de la Physique Resolutive Vulgairement dite Chymie' ('The True and Methodical Course in Resolutive Physick, Commonly called Chemistry'), by Annibal Barlet, published in Paris in 1657. Although the book contains a great deal of alchemical jargon, it is for the most part good practical pharmaceutical chemistry. Barlet gave regular chemical courses in Paris, attended by the diarist John Evelyn (1620-1706) amongst others.