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              minenſem, qui ſolus uerba uerſu incluſit. </s>
              <s id="N10303">Sunt alij multi de hac re libri, ſed
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              omnes obſcuri: quod ſcriptores iſti res alienis, non proprijs uocabulis no­
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              minent: & quod alij alijs atque alijs uocabulis, à ſe confictis, utantur, cum res
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              non mutent. </s>
              <s id="N1030C">Iſti magiſtri ſuis diſcipulis uias tradunt, quibus progreſſi uilia
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              metalla uarijs modis cocta corrumpant, &
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              in primam rerum
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              materiam reducant, eaque ratione id, quod in ipſis redundat, auferant: quod
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              deficit, compleant: atque precioſa, hoc eſt aurum & argentum, ex eis confici­
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              ant, quæ in catillis aut catinis perdurent, hæc facere poſſint necne poſſint,
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              non decerno: quia enim tot ſcriptores omni nobis aſſeueratione affirmant
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              ſe eò perueniſſe, quò curſum ſuum dirigebant, eis fides eſſe uidetur adhiben
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              da: quia nullos ex hac arte quondam diuites eſſe factos ſcriptum legimus,
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              nec nunc fieri uidemus, cùm tot ubiuis gentium fuerint, & ſint chymiſtæ, o­
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              mnesque omnes induſtriæ neruos dies noctesque contendant, ut maximos au
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              ri & argenti aceruos conſtruere poſſint, res in dubium uocatur: ſed ut ea fue
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              rit ſcriptorum indiligentia, ut nomina magiſtrorum, qui ex hoc opificio ma
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              gnam pecuniam
                <expan abbr="cõſecuti">conſecuti</expan>
              ſunt, memoriæ non tradiderint, certe diſcipuli de­
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              creta eorum uel non cognoſcunt, uel cognita non ſeruant. </s>
              <s id="N10331">Nam ſi ea perci­
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              perent, cùm tam multi fuerint, & ſint: oppida iam diu auro & argento reple­
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              uiſſent: quorum uanitatem etiam libri declarant, in quibus Platonis & Ari­
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              ſtotelis, aliorumque philoſophorum nomina inſcribunt, ut iſtæ glorioſæ in­
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              ſcriptiones ſpecie doctrinæ uiris ſimplicibus imponant. </s>
              <s id="N1033C">Eſt alterum genus
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              chymiſtarum, quod uilium metallorum ſubſtantiam non immutat, ſed ipſa
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              uel auri uel argenti colore tingit, & noua forma induit: ut ca uideantur eſſe
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              quæ
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              ſunt: qua forma ignis calore de eis, tanque aliena ueſte detracta in ſu­
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              am redeunt ſpeciem: qui, quia decipiunt,
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              ſolum ſummo in odio ſunt, ſed
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              eorum fraus capite plectitur. </s>
              <s id="N10351">Nec minus fraudem capitalem admittit tertium
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              chymiſtarum genus: quod auri uel argenti particulam, in aliquo carbone in­
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              cluſam, in catinum conijciens fingit ſe additamentis, quæ uim eliciendi ha­
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              beant, admiſtis conficere uel aurum ex auripigmento, uel argentum ex plum
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              bo candido ſimilibusque. </s>
              <s id="N1035C">Verùm de arte chymica, ſi modo ars eſt, aliàs plu­
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              ra nunc ad metallicam reuertar: quoniam eam integram nulli ſcriptores lite
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              ris mandarunt, ac exteræ nationes & gentes noſtram linguam non intelli­
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              gunt, & ſi eam intelligerent, exiguam artis partem ex noſtris iſtis ſcriptori­
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              bus poſſent diſcere, hos duodecim libros Dere metallica conſcripſi: quo
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              rum PRIMVS habet ea quæ contra hanc
                <expan abbr="artẽ">artem</expan>
              & metalla atque metallicos, uel
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              ab ijſdem dici poſſunt: SECVNDVS metallicum informat, & .n ſermonem,
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              qui haberi ſolet de uenis inueniendis, dilabitur. </s>
              <s id="N10371">TERTIVS eſt de uenis &
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              fibris, eorumque
                <expan abbr="cõmiſſuris">commiſſuris</expan>
              . </s>
              <s id="N1037A">QVARTVS explicat rationem dimetiendi ue­
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              nas, atque etiam expromit officia metallica. </s>
              <s id="N1037F">QVINTVS foſſionem uenarum
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              & artem menſoris docet. </s>
              <s id="N10384">SEXTVS deſcribit inſtrumenta & machinas me
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              tallicas. </s>
              <s id="N10389">SEPTIMVS eſt de experimento uenarum. </s>
              <s id="N1038C">OCTAVVS præcipit
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              de opificio uenæ urendæ, contundendæ, lauandæ, torrendæ. </s>
              <s id="N10391">NONVS ex­
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              coquendarum uenarum rationem exponit. </s>
              <s id="N10396">DECIMVS rei metallicæ ſtudi
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              oſos inſtruit ad munus diſcernendi
                <expan abbr="argẽtum">argentum</expan>
              ab auro, atque plumbum ab co­
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              dem & argento. </s>
              <s id="N103A1">VNDECIMVS tradit uias ſeparandi argentum ab ære. </s>
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