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Drug advertising ephemera : Pre-1850. Box 1.

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Box file containing items of ephemera in acid free sleeves advertising medicinal products. They are arranged alphabetically by manufacturer as far as can be determined. Often all that is mentioned is where the product is to be bought. They are from the 17th, 18th and early 19th centuries and are mostly a mixture of newspaper advertisements, leaflets and handbills including: a cure for "barrenness in women... and impotency in men" and a "cure for the vapours in women and hypochrondriack melancholy in men" (T. Warner, Paternoster Row, London 1733), A.K. Balsam for wounds, cramp, cholic, ague and use as an antiseptic, Dr. Anderson's, or, the True Scots Pills for digestive disorders (Dicey & Co. and James Inglish, 1788), Antileptic Pills (Dr. Matthews of 3, Bull inn Court, Strand, London, 1778), Regimento e virtudes das pedras cordeaes (Irmão Gaspar Antonio da Companhia de Jesu), Pectoral Essence of Coltsfoot for coughs (James Ryan, Bristol, 1788), Mr. Appleby's Vegetable Composition and Appleby's Patent Balsam (Thomas Appleby, 27 Camden Street, London, 18th cent.), Pillules de Belloste (1781), Syrop pectoral de mou de veau for chest diseases, various remedies on sale at Antoine Auranel in Avignon in 1788, Barrett's Mandrake Embrocation painkiller for headache, toothache and earache (Joshua Barrett, London, 1889), Tintura Essenziale d'Assenzio for digestive disorders (Lorenzo Belloni, Padova), Bennet & Co.'s Syrup of Malt (Trafalgar Place, London), Blair's Gout & Rheumatic Pills, Dr. Bourne's Cordial Nervous Pills and Dr. Bourne's Ethereal Anodyne Essence (Thomas Bourne, London and Bristol), Samuel Bowen's Sago Powder for fluxes and diseases of the bowels, a patent to Arthue Bunyan to make sunflower oil (1716?), Purging sugar plums for worms and almanacks (Mr. Burchell, at the Anodyne Necklace, Long Acre, London, 1749), Clark's Essential Compound Spirit of Scurvey-Grass, Poudre de l'unique secret de l'Orvietan (Jean-Louis Contugi, Paris, 1647?), Dr. Cox's Original, inestimable, Angelical Tincture for coughs, colds, consumption, asthma and 'wheesings' (Seething lane, London 1730), Bateman's Pectoral Drops (William Dicey, Thomas Cobb, London, 1730), Mucilage of Marshmallows for gravel (Thomas Curtis, Berwick Street, London, 1810), Joseph Dalby's Carminative Mixture for cholic and stomach disorders (Humphrey and Dorothy Fitzherbert, College Green, Bristol, August 1757 and Joseph Dalby, Malmesbury), Dale's Genuine Family Antibilious Pills for both sexes (J. Dale, Reigate, early 19th cent.), Bouteille de Senteur or smelling salts (Mr. Dalmahoy, Ludgate Hill, London, 18th cent.), W. Dewdney's hair products (which resored hair after smallpox), Elixir de Longue Vie (Mr. Didier, Tournan), Elixir Stomachicum, or, the Great Cordial Elixir for the Stomach (digestive disorders and scurvy, 1698), Mr. Evans's Piqua Plant (a beverage, 1843), Fryar's Balsam - an antispetic for gangrene, wounds, cholic, burns, asthma, coughs, consumption stone and toothache (18th cent.?), Rev. J. Gamble's British Medicinal Tea and Aromatic Snuff (1799), Pastilles de Belloc, Gowland's lotion (1845), Dr. Gardner's Museums (Long Acre and Shoreditch High Street) which specialised in displays of tapeworms and other parasites removed from people and sold Alterative Pills, Cordial Tincture, Plaster, Cathartic Pills and Mrs. Gardner's Essence of Roses for sore nipples (1800), Gowland's Lotion (Robert Dickinson, 55 Long Acre, London), Le Sieuer Guerry's remedy, Welcome Guest tooth powder (1813), Vis vitae (for asthma and consumption, 1813), Madden's vegetable essence for what was named the 'Giant Malady' by Dr. Darwin, Hallam's Antibilious Laxative Pills (for digestive disorders, jaundice and piles) and Restorative Anima of Quassia (1801), Hamet's Balsam of Albania (which cured deafness, ca. 1840), Mr. John Hayman's Maredant's Drops and Vandour's Pills (1782), H.B.T. Heath's Dentifricium (tooth powder) and Styptic Tincture, Juniper's Essence of Pennyroyal (for menstrual disorders?), James Henry (of Manchester)'s Genuine Calcined Magnesia, Mr. Hill's Ormskirk Medicine (for dog bites) and Velno's Original Vegetable Syrup, Holloway's Pills, Holloway's Ointment (1842), Holloway's Universal Family Ointment, Stingo rheumatic stimulant (Ireland & Son), Dr. James's Analeptic Pills (for stomach complaints and rheumatisms), Family Plaister, a selection of medicines and enema pumps on sale at Thomas Joslin (Cheltenham) and Savory, Moore & Co. (1832), Mrs. Elizabeth Knell's cure for dropsy, Vincent Lancelles' antispetic and analgesic Balm or Salve of Paracelsus, John Leeming's horse medicines, Miss Pike's Powders for fits and nervous complaints, Simmons's Rheumatic and Scurvy Pills, Dr.(Lionel) Lockyer's Famous Pills (Sutton & Co.'s Medicines, Bow Church Yard, London), Sir Anthony Carlisle on Lockyer's Pure magnesia (1830), Mann's Approved Medicine (cough, asthma, consumption etc., 1805), Neer Failing Wart Dissolvent, Matthews' Antileptic Pills (1778. scurvy, rheumatism, venereal disease), Maugham's Patented Carrara Water (Archibald Dunlop, 1846), Pillole del Sig. Morison, Morison's Vegetable Universal Medicines for gravel, stone and bilious complaints (British College of Health, New Road, King's Cross, july 1831), Dr. James's Powder, Analeptic Pills and Powder for Cattle, Dr. Austin's Chalybeate Pills, Dalby's Carminative, Mr. Spence's dentifrice, Dr. Steer's Opodeldoc (sold by F. Newbery and Sons, St. Paul's Church Yard), Dr. Norris's fever Drops, Dr. Radcliffe's famous Purging Elixir (1790), Maredant's Anti-Scorbutic Drops (John Norton, London, 1769), Orange Peas plaisters, Water of Pouhon (removed kidney parasites), Balsamo del Congo (Garamante Sanatotos, Siena, 1757), J. Russel (physician & oculist, Holborn, 1690s?)'s Elixirated spirit of Scurvy-Grass, Pectoral Lozenges and Worm Powder, Royal Stiptick Liquor (1674), Dr. William Salmon Family Pills (for scurvy, dropsy, gout, headache, deafness,worms, lameness, narrenness, rheumatism and women's diseases, Daffy's Elixir, Bostock's Cordial, Hooper's Pills, Betton's and Rogers's Oil, Squire's Grand Elixir (sold by Edward Score in Exon, ca. 1740), Cumberland Bituminous Fluid (1807), Dr. Solomon's Cordial Balm of Gilead, Spilsbury's Patent Antiscorbutic Drops, J.R. Stafford's Olive tar (Stafford Olive Tar Co., New York), H. Steers' camomile drops, Dr. Steers' Opodeldoc (1788), Mrs. Joanna Stephens' Dissolving Powder for stone and gravel (ca. 1740), Mrs. Stevens's medicine for the stone, some biographical data abour David Hartley (d. 1757), Hibbs' orange shrubs (antiscorbutic properties), Medicamentum Gratia Probatum (Nicolas de Koning Tilly), Leake's patent Pills (for "venereal, scorbutic and cutaneous affections", 1788), Dolly Varden Tablets, Ague and Fever Drops and Diuretic drops (Harlow & Co.,and Temple Ravenscroft, 1779 & 1780), E.G. Wells (of 337 High Street, Cheltenham)'s Soda Water , Nectar Lemonade, Cheltenham Magnesian Water, Family Pills and Pectoral Balsamic Syrup, Elixir salutis, or, the Never-failing Cordial (for gout, stone, gravel, the palsy, worms, rheumatism, constipation) made by Edward Willet and the Incomparable Balsam for asthma, consumptions, weak stomachs, gripes, cholic, gravel, venereal diseases, constipation and as an antiseptic (Dr. Wood, Cheshunt).

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1 box ; 34 x 33 cm.


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