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Grimaldy’s panacea: a very rare treatise from the library of Henri Joliet

Le tombeau de l'envie, ou il est prouveì qu'il n'y a qu'une meìdecine, qui est la chimique; qu'il n'y a qu'un temperament & une seule maladie, & par consequent qu'il ne faut qu'un remede pour la guerir ... Traittant auparavant des eaux mineìrales de Saint-Simphorien, preìs d'Annessy en Genevois; de Cessey, preìs de Viteaux en Bourgongne; & de Sainte-Anne, aÌ demie lieuë de Dijon.
Dijon, J. Ressayre, 1679. 12mo. 19th-century aubergine morocco, gold-tooled spine and board edges, gilt edges. 84 pp.
€ 6,500
Extremely rare treatise on a panacea by Denis de Maubec, de Copponay de Grimaldy (1623?-1717). This curious author was alchemist, personal physician to the king of Sardinia and founder of the l'Académie chimique ducale-royale de Savoie. He is known from a few short treaties from the end of the 17th century and his posthumous work published by Jourdan de Pellerin in 1745. While his name seems to be well known in the past - at least until the 19th century, when he is described as the "fameux charlatan Grimaldi de Copponay" - actual information on the author and his work appears to be scarce.
With the bookplate of the 19th-century French bibliophile Henri Joliet from Dijon, with his monogram CBMHI (Claude Bernard Marguerite Henri Joliet) and the motto "Plus penser que dire", and a manuscript note that he acquired the volume in Lyon in 1843. A faint dampstain at the head throughout and at the foot of the title-page, but otherwise in very good condition. Brunet III, col. 1539; WorldCat (4 copies); cf. Brüning 4477 (collected works); Goldsmith, BMC STC French C1465 (other work); Krivatsy 7581 (other work); Wellcome II, p. 390 (3 other works); the author not in NBG.
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