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Ein newes und nu¨tzlichs Ertzney, Kunst, und Wunderbuch, deszgleichen hiebevorn nicht gesehen, darinnen neben allerley Alchymistischen und andern Ku¨nsten, wunderbarlichen Sachen, und Historien, ...(colophon: Mühlhausen, printed by Andreas Hanksch for Henning Gross,) 1590. With: (2) BAPST, Michael . Gifftjagendes Kunst unnd Haussbuch, darinnen zu befinden, wie man allerley gifftige schedliche Würme vertreiben, auch mancherley wilde Thiere, Fische, und Vogel künstlich fangen, unnd tödten sol; ...Leipzig, (colophon: printed by Zacharias Bärwald for Henning Grosse), 1591. 2 works in 1 volume. 4to. Contemporary vellum.
Schubert & Sudhoff, "Michael Bapst von Rochlitz" in: Neues Archiv für Sächsige Geschichte XI (1890), pp. 86-88; ad 1: Brüning 612; VD16, B300; ad 2: Dürling 462; VD16, B296. First edition of a medical and alchemical recipe book intended for use at home, combined with the first edition of its sequel, devoted to poisons. As a medical amateur, Bapst based his recipe book mostly on other authors and stated in a later publication that he had not time to test all his prescriptions, and therefore "it may well have happened that now and then there be some mistakes" (Schubert & Sudhoff). If thereupon the reader would discover any incorrect recipe, this would be entirely the original author's fault. Since the book could be consulted for such diverse matters as nose-bleeding, tooth-ache, the taming of leopards, fishing, invisible writing and giving copper the appearance of silver, this is entirely understandable. In his second volume Bapst followed up on the formula of the first book and gave advise on spider stings, driving out wolves, bites of lions, fishing bait, killing bats, diarrhoea in chickens, preserving fruit and meat, fishing frogs and a great deal about worms.Michael Bapst (1540-1603) was a Protestant preacher in Mohorn in Saxony, and published numerous books containing medical and alchemical recipes. He considered himself an authority on alchemistic matters but at the same time copied recipes prepared by other authors. In a posthumous publication from 1605 even he finds one of his recipes against cramp - eating lice on bread - too bizarre: "Let him who fancies it try it; I myself would rather be excused" (Schubert & Sudhoff). With the coloured bookplate of Johann Georg von Werdenstein (1542-1608) and an owner's inscription of Maria Catharina von Haslang (1611-1679). Binding slightly loose, with a small shelfnumber pasted on the front. Browned throughout with some spots, a woodworm hole in 7 leaves near the second title-page, the front endpaper loose; in good condition.
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