fameux Chimeste né à Milan, mort vers l'année 1680 dans le prison du Châteaux St Ange [...]
Engraving, very scarce with small margins. 350 x 270mm (13¾ x 10½").
Giuseppe Francesco Borri (1627-95], alchemist, doctor and prophet. In 1644 he entered a Jesuit seminary in Rome, where he was taught by Athanasius Kircher, but he was expelled for disobedience. He set himself up as a doctor and alchemist, and according to Jesuit records, prophet and herald of the new era of papal theocracy. He was called before the Roman Inquisition in 1659 but fled Italy; he was condemned and burned in effigy. He spent the next few years moving around Europe, making himself rich by defaulting on a loan of 100,000 guilders in Amsterdam, and attending the court of Queen Christina of Sweden and Frederick III of Denmark, researching the 'Philosopher's Stone', the legendary alchemical substance capable of turning base metals into gold. However, when he tried to travel to Turkey, he was arrested and handed over to the Vatican, which inprisoned him in the Castel Sant'Angelo, where he died of a fever.
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