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[BARBE, Simon.]
Le Parfumeur françois
Paul Marret, 1696. <i>The First Important French Work on Perfume</i><br /><br />12mo. Engraved frontispiece, title page in red and black. 24 p.l., 170, [20 - including the final blank] pp. Modern vellum, careful paper repair to K4 affecting two words.<br /><br />The very rare Second Edition (and first illustrated edition) of Barbe's classic in French perfumery (first ed.: 1693). The work begins with a list of perfume terms and common ingredients, with a special note about how they can be obtained in a druggist's shop. This is then followed by chapters on powders; wash-balls; essences and oils perfumed with flowers; perfumes for the mouth; sweet waters; incense; perfumed gloves; color mixing; and snuff. The section on tobacco gives fifteen different recipes, including those from Malta, Spain, and Rome and tobacco flavored with rose, cedar, or bergamot. <br /><br /> Some of the recipes include those for an Eau de Mille-fleurs; Eau de Roses; Eau de la Reine d'Hongrie; Fleurs d'Oranges séches; Cotton parfumé; Toilette de senteur de Montpellier; and an Essence de Citron. There are also recipes for darkening one's beard, soothing your hands, and brightening one's face. <br /><br /> "Simon Barbe lived in the rue des Gravilliers, Paris, at the sign of the Golden Fleece, where he was in business as a perfumer. From its generally elevated tone his first book was clearly intended for the interest of the court, the aristocracy and the country gentry...." -- Kennett, <i>History of Perfume</i>, p. 158.<br /><br /> The engraved frontispiece depicts two elegantly attired customers, complet … [Click Below for Full Description]
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