Distillation in the 1500s
In its simplest form, the objective of distillation is to separate a mixture of liquid and nonvolatile solids. This fanciful depiction of distillation apparatus is from Hieronymus Brunschwig’s Liber de arte Distillandi . . . (Strasbourg, 1512).
Photo by Will Brown.
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