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Antidotarium generale ... nunc primum laboriose congestum, methodicè digestum. Cum elencho locupletissimo.Basel, Eusebius Episcopius and son, 1576. 4to. With woodcut device on title-page and larger variant on last page. Contemporary limp sheepskin parchment.
Durling 4702; G. Sonnedecker, Kremers and Urdang's History of Pharmacy (1986), pp. 96, 425 & 440; USTC (5 copies). First edition of a celebrated antidotary by the Swiss physician and philosopher Johannes Jacob Wecker (1528-1586). "In 1557 he became a professor of logic and in 1560 of Latin. He discharged the duties of both offices vigorously, studied medicine, and became a popular physician" (Hagelin). His antidotary, a book on remedies, "contains a comprehensive formulary, directions for preparing galenical and chemical remedies of the time, and instructions on the art of compounding and dispensing prescriptions" (Sonnedecker). The text starts with a two-page list of authors whose works Wecker used for his antidotary. Among the authors are many esteemed Arab authors, including Avicenna (Ibn Sina), Mesue (Masawaih al-Mardini), Rhasis (Razi), and Serapion the younger. Also mentioned are Valerius Cordus, Dioscorides, Fuchs, Galen, Hippocrates (Boqrat) and many more.Even though animal parts were used for medicinal purposes for centuries, according to Sonnedecker "their bizarre use reached its climax" in Wecker's Antidotarium. The woodcuts show different instruments and other equipment which are necessary for making distillations: pans, pots, ovens, glassware etc., as well as different distillation methods. Wecker became also known for his translation into German and Latin of Alexis of Piedmont's Secreti .With owner's annotations on title-page, and a small hole from trying to remove some of the notations. Large waterstains throughout, slightly browned. Vellum with some stains. Overall a good copy.
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