POMET, [Pierre].

A compleat history of druggs,


A compleat history of druggs,
Written in French by Monsieur Pomet,Chief Druggist to the present French King…,
London, R.Bonwicke [&c.], 1712.

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A compleat history of druggs,

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The first edition in English (originally published in French in 1694). Pierre Pomet (1658-99) travelled extensively in Europe developing his knowledge of medicinal recipes and treatments, before establishing himself as a pharmacist in Paris and becoming chief druggist to Louis XIV and purveyor of medicinal remedies from distant lands, including sugar and coffee.

This work, like his regularly produced indices, ranged from the more mundane recipes & remedies to the more fantastical (such as the curative properties of the unicorn’s horn) and exotic, for example noting that opium “is in such use among the Turks and when they go to fight they take it to excess that it may animate them, or at least make them insensible to danger” (p.216).


2 vol. in one, small 4to., title-pages printed in red & black, 86 copper-engraved plates comprising over 400 illustrations, some folding, 2pp. advertisements, plates 72 to 86 slightly browned to varying extent, plate 84 with repair to fold, bookplate on front pastedown, contemporary panelled calf, neatly rebacked, neat repairs to edges, modern endpapers, a very good copy.

Provenance: Robert J. Hayhurst (bookplate with nautical theme).


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Stock ID: 95715