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Cohausen, Johann Heinrich

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  • Cohausen, Johann Heinrich
  • Lumen novum phosphoris accensum, sive exercitatio physico-chymica, de causa lucis in phosphoris tam naturalibus quam artificialibus. Amsterdam: Joannes Oosterwyk, 1717
  • Paper
8vo (157 x 90mm.), additional engraved title-page, title printed in red and black, 5 engraved plates, 4pp. of adverts for Oosterwyk at end, contemporary speckled calf with the arms of d'Aguesseau (Olivier 594 fer 3) and small gilt shells at corners, spine gilt with shells and a mace in each compartment (Olivier 594 fer 8), red edges, small hole in engraved title, O6 torn and repaired with slight loss, binding slightly rubbed, upper joint cracked, spine chipped at head and foot, remains of paper label at foot of spine


Henri-François d'Aguesseau (1668-1751), Chancellor of France from 1717, arms on binding


Caillet 2426; Duveen p.139; Ferguson i, 168

Catalogue Note

FIRST EDITION of Cohausen's attempt to explain the phenomenon of phosphorescence, which brought together earlier theories on the subject. Cohausen was physician to the bishop of Munster and wrote satirical works on medical subjects, including one on snuff-takers.