A Complete History of Drugs

A complete history of drugs
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A complete history of drugs / written in French by Monsieur Pomet ... ; to which is added what is farther observable on the same subject, from Mess. Lemery and Tournefort, divided into three classes, vegetable, animal, and mineral, with their use in physic, chemistry, pharmacy, and several other arts ; illustrated with above four hundred copper-cuts ... done into English from the originals.

By Pierre Pomet. London: Printed for J. and J. Bonwicke, S. Birt, W. Parker, C. Hitch, and E. Wicksteed, 1748.

The imaginative illustrations in this rare medical book are what first catches the eye of its reader. Depicting traditional medicinal sources like minerals and plants, as well as the more unusual like unicorn horns and Egyptian mummies, the author Pierre Pomet relied on his extensive travels across Europe to fill up this medical recipe book. Upon his return to Paris, Pomet opened his own apothecary shop. His success was such that he became the chief druggist to King Louis XIV. Pomet’s book was also quite popular and went through several editions, likely achieving success not only due to its practical medical advice but also for serving as a window into mysterious far-away lands.

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This volume has a mid-18th century full leather binding with blind and gold tooling. The front cover and the spine are detached. The front endpaper is stuck and delaminating. The tetxblock is intact. Conservators will detach the stuck endpaper. A leather re-backing will be executed to re-attach the front cover. A custom enclosure will be created for this item.

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