Scaliger, Julius Caesar: Exotericarvm exercitationvm liber qvintvs decimvs, de svbtilitate, ad Hieronymvm Cardanvm.. In extremo duo sunt indices: prior breuiusculus, continens sententias nobiliores: alter opulentissimus, penè omnia complectens. Francofurti ,Apud Andreas Wechelus, 1576. Octavo, pp. 16, 1130, 90, printers vignette last leaf, numerous scientific woodcuts in text.
The text is complete and in a contemporary soft vellum, inked author's name on rear of spine, upper and lower ties on binding edges, light toning to some text signatures, early Jesuit stamp on title page. In very good condition.
Scaliger (1484-1558), an internationally recognized man of letters, spent must of his adult life as a physician in the town of Agen and wrote on many learned subjects including the sciences of geology, minerals, chemistry, scientific methods, the occult and magic. Many historians recognize the work as containing the earliest mention of platinum and that Scaliger proved to be a forerunner of the phlogiston theory. Scaliger wrote the work as a refutation of Girolamo Cardano's work on astrology and natural phenomena, "The Interpretation of Natural Signs". Leibitz and Sir William Hamilton recognized Scaliger as the best modern exponent of the physics and metaphysics of Aristotle".