Bristol: Liliput Press, 1980s. First edition limited to 100 copies. Hardcover. 41/100 Signed on colophon. Miniature book (1 3/8 x 1 1/8"). 2 leaves, 45pp., 1 leaf Original red leather with gilt decor and ruling on covers, gilt lettering and decorative ruling on spine. Gilt top edge. Marbled endpapers. Color-illustrated title page. Rendered into Latin verse by Nicholas Barnaud Delphinas. Illustrated with two color lithographs on title page and preface, one in b/w and fifteen emblematic plates in color lithography in the text. Preface: "I am called Lambspring, born of a noble family, and this crest I bear with glory and justice."
"The Book of Lambspring is well known as one of the gems from the Musaeum Hermeticum published in 1625 by Lucas Jennis in Frankfurt, especially for its series of fifteen emblematic plates. It seems that this little book was first published under the title "De Lapide Philosophico Triga Chemicum (Prague 1599) compiled by the Frenchman Nicolas Barnaud, prominent in the alchemical circles around Rudolf II... The Book of Lambspring is a work of spiritual alchemy, has few references to physical alchemical processes, and it seems unlikely that it could ever have provided clues that might help someone engaged upon physical experimentation. Instead, it is a clear, powerful and extremely useful statement of the inner work of the spiritual alchemist..." (Adam McLean). Fine condition. Item #48008