A surgery where all fantasy and follies are purged and good qualities are prescribed. Line engraving by Boulonnois, 16--.
- Boulonois, Edme de, active 17th century.
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The shelves in the surgery are full of bottles labelled "modestie", "honnestete", humilite", "obeissance" etc., and many more 'good' qualities. A practitioner pours a liquid entitled "sagesse" through a siphon marked "hume guilat" into the mouth of a patient who sits on a commode excreting fools. The commode is inscribed "Les folie". The other practitioner holds another patient on a wooden stretcher while his head is placed in a furnace from which all follies, vices and fantasies are being expelled. He puts his finger to his head, which is marked "le fantastique". The chimerae are labelled "les fantaisies de brus. Cambille" and below them are the words "il senuont en fumee". The visions are numbered: 1. A man inhaling something from a pot. 2. Dogs chasing a rabbit. 3. A villa. 4. Two men in a duel and a gun pointing at a bird. 5. A jug of wine and three pipes in an ashtray. 6. A pair of undergarments. 7. A wineglass and jug. 8. A statue of a goddess. 9. A sword and gun. 10. A tennis racket with a bugle and some sheet music. 11. A fan and a flower. 12. A horse. 13. A lute. 14. A mask of a moustachioed man. [No 15] 16. A girdle. 17. A sun and moon joined into one circle, some dice, playing cards and dice throwing mug
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