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An Historical Account of Mandrakes both male and female. With a particular account of those which Rachel long'd for.
London, H. Slater, F. Noble, T. Wright, J. Duncan, 1741, in 8°, de 58pp., cart. papier marbré moderne genre ancien, qq. rares rousseurs. Rare traité ancien anonyme sur la Mandragore. It is a reissue of "A Critical dissertation on the Mandrake of the Antients; with some observations on the Egyptian, Grecian and Roman literature, botany, and medicine : in a letter to a Fellow in the College of Physicians", published in 1737. "The fruit of the plant was eaten in antiquity as a love-charm, and its narcotic content was such that, taken in excess, it could produce nausea, rigor and general malaise. The root of the mandragora was of special potency in inducing narcosis, and in ancient Assyria it was administered as an anodyne." (R.K. Harrison, The Mandrake And The Ancient World, The Evangelical Quarterly 28.2 - 1956, p.87-92). It was a common folklore in some countries that mandrake would only grow where the semen of a hanged man had dripped on to the ground. Très recherché.
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