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Panarion [ou Dictionnaire médical].[Paris, ca. 1685?-ca. 1710?]. 4to (22 x 17.5 cm). Manuscript in French, written in an upright Latin hand in brown ink on paper. Contemporary sheepskin parchment.
A dictionary of medicinal remedies for more than 300 ailments, written in French and arranged alphabetically by the names of the ailments. It covers a very wide range of ailments from insomnia and menstrual problems to gangrene and even hypochondria, but especially noteworthy at this early date are the five pages (pp. 7-11) devoted to the eating disorders anorexia, pica (the eating of things that are not food) and bulimia. It begins with a list of weights and measures, sometimes giving equivalents (p. 1), followed by the alphabetical entries (pp. 2-604) and additions on epilepsy, tobacco oil and other subjects (pp. 605-621). After numerous blank leaves, the manuscript ends with a 9-page glossary with brief definitions of about 100 technical terms (a 2-page table of contents plus pp. a-i).What appears to be the oldest inscription on the endpapers, at the head of the first free endleaf, reads, "Faron m[aî]tre en chiru[r]gie". Little seems to be known about him, but is probably the Luc Faron, "maître chirurgien" in Paris whom a 1665 document describes as the second husband of Elisabeth Le Tellier. The dating is problematic and leaves may have been added during the writing of the text, possibly for decades. Some of the late additions to the manuscript are written in a different hand.With numerous contemporary and 19th-century inscriptions on the endleaves. A couple bifolia slightly loose, an occasional transparent ink stain (never obscuring the text), an occasional dried drop of what may be medicines, and a few leaves with minor and mostly marginal water stains, but still in good condition and only slightly trimmed, leaving generous margins. The binding is slightly loose and a group of quires has shifted toward the fore-edge, with a few worm holes in the boards and spine, some cracks in the hinges and only fragments of the ties.
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