Isaac Newton Manuscript: Ex Fabri hydrographo spagyrico

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Isaac Newton penned these four pages of notes on the works of Pierre-Jean Fabre, a well-known 17th century French Paracelsian alchemist and physician. We know Newton owned a copy of Fabre’s Opera, published after Fabre’s death in Frankfurt in 1652, which contains the two works cited here: Hydrographum spagyricum (1639) and Palladium spagyricum (1624). Clearly written in Latin with citations to specific pages of the two books, this manuscript reveals which of Fabre’s passages were most important to Newton.

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