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Rare pharmacopoeia, with an engraved title-page by Jan Luyken

BATE, George and James SHIPTON.
Pharmacopoea Batheana. Ofte den apotheek van de heer Georgius Bath ...
Amsterdam, Jan ten Hoorn, 1698. 12mo. With an engraved title-page by Jan Luyken. 19th-century marbled wrappers.
€ 2,850
First edition of a translation into Dutch of medical recipes collected by the British physician George Bate (1608-1668), originally published as the Pharmacopoeia Bateana in 1688. Bate had been personal physician to Charles I, Oliver Cromwell and Charles II and had been so highly regarded that his papers were collected and printed 19 years after his death. According to the foreword, the Dutch publisher had given the book to a number of Dutch physicians, including Steven Blankaart, who recommended it be translated. Among Bates's recipes are a number of peculiar medicines such as "Aqua omnium Florum", made from cow-dung gathered in the month May, and "Spiritus Sanguinis" made from the putrid blood of a young man distilled in the sand. A list of medical titles printed and sold by the publisher appears on the final two pages.
With a 19th-century owner's inscription on the pastedown and a shelf mark on the front cover. Binding worn, but still a good copy. With a few small tears and larger tears in *5 and K11; ink stain in the outer margin of the last 20 pages.
Klaversma & Hannema 133; Krivatsy 888; STCN (1 incomplete copy); WorldCat (3 copies).
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