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Antique medical & pharmacology book Pharmacopoea Bruxellensis 1739 w/ provenance
1739. Good antiquarian condition. See description. You are bidding on: [Collegium Medicum Bruxellense] Pharmacopoea Bruxellensis Senatus Authoritate Munita. Viduae [Widow] Foppens, 1739. Latin language sextodecimo (16mo) size book in good antiquarian condition. This is the 4th edition according to a previous bookseller's note included in this auction (not pictured). The frontispiece illustration (portraying the mixing of medicines and chemicals in an apothecary) is sewn in, which explains the small stub of a page that follows the title page. The 'caracteres chymici' leaf (with alchemical and astrological symbols) has minor water damage and is a little worn, particularly at the fore-edge. This original calf skin binding has cats-paw style decorated covers, red/orange speckled edges, sewn headbands, a silk ribbon bookmark, and a decoratively gilded spine. I have owned and studied many French language books published during the reign of Louis XV and I'm happy to say that this book's physical attributes are absolutely consistent with bindings of that particular era. However, there are some flaws: wedge-shaped text-block, outer hinges splitting (but keep in mind both boards are completely attached), bumped corners, busted headcap with 1.0 cm loss to headband, scuffed spine with one small perforation in lowest panel, old paper repair noticed inside (not cellophane or scotch tape, see p. 142), minor water staining, and even lesser foxing. All of these flaws notwithstanding, still in solid good condition, especially considering it was actively used as a reference book. How do we kn … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: rosedalebooks [Dallas, Texas, US]
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