Petit traitté des pronostics et usage de la Médecine, with other tracts and a collection of iatro-chemical receipts

c. 1660
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On p. 248 is a pen-drawing of a vessel for the purification of oils. (1) Petit traitté des pronostics (pp. 1-39). (2) Pseudo-Hippocrates. Traitté attribué à Hippocrate de la signification de vie ou du mort par le mouvement de la lune et les aspects des autres planètes (pp. 39-96). (3) Le temps pour cueillir les simples remplis des influences des astres (pp. 97-105). (4) Pour vivre longtemps, [etc.] (pp. 105-128). (5) Remèdes de Van Helmont [etc.] (129-182). (6) Remèdes de Paracelse [etc.] (pp. 182-229). (7) Remèdes de Rabelais [etc.] (pp. 229-end).


c. 1660

Physical description

1 volume 1 bl. l. + 254 pp. + 10 [11] ll. 8vo. 151/2 × 111/2 cm. Original calf binding. The fifth unpaginated leaf has been cut out: some text affected by oxidation of the ink.

Acquisition note

Purchased 1931.

Finding aids

Database description transcribed from S.A.J. Moorat, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts on Medicine and Science in the Wellcome Historical Medical Library (London: Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, 1962-1973).

Ownership note

The last two unpaginated leaves contain holograph receipts by a former owner Charles Blanc, Maître-Chirurgien à Mende, whose engraved Ex-libris is pasted down inside the upper cover. There are also some financial notes, written above this by him, and on the first unpaginated leaf; and on the verso of the last leaf and inside the lower cover he has written some notes on chemistry. Sir Kenelm Digby [1603-1663] and Josephus Quercetanus [Duchesne] [1546-1609] are among the authors quoted. According to the bookseller Duhem of Montpellier, this MS. is mentioned in a letter dated 1751 by the French physician Henri Haguenot of Montpellier [1687-1775].


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  • 63953