Pomet, Pierre


[Histoire generale des drogues. English]

A Compleat History of Druggs.

Written in French to which is added what is further observable on the same subject from Messrs. Lemery and Tournefort. Done into English from the originals. 2 v. London: Printed for R. Bonwicke [and 9 others], 1712. Remainder of t.p. transcription: Divided into three classes, vegetable, animal and mineral; with their use in physick, chymistry, pharmacy, and several other arts: illustrated with four hundred copper cutts curiously done from the life; and an explanation of their different names, places of growth, and countries from whence they are brought; the way to know the true from the false, their virtues &c. A work of very great use and curiosity. First ed. of the first English translation--Cf. Johnston, S. H. Cleveland coll. 328. Illustrations apparently copied from the French ed. but reproduced 4 to a leaf. Publishers' advertisements on b4 verso and 2F2. References: Hunt 428; Johnston, S. H. Cleveland coll. 328. Includes index. Contemporary clippings are pasted inside front and back covers. The front cover has a 1.25"x 2.67" metal plate inscribed "John Clee, Surgeon, 1758."

The preface notes that the translators have felt free to omit any repetitions occuring in the original work, as well as making additions and corrections of their own.  The work lists the drugs which may be made from seeds, followed by those from roots, woods, barks, leaves, flowers, fruits, gums, and juices.  Volume two begins with an account of the names of all the authors who are quoted in this text, listed alphabetically.  Following this the author has included a catalog of seeds.  Then drugs which may be made from animals are discussed, including those involving the five different types of unicorns.  The author concludes with a discussion of drugs from metals, minerals, bitumens, stones, and earths.  There is a complete index at the end, as well as 400 engravings on 86 plates from the French.

Subjects: Drugs--Early Works to 1800; Medicinal plants.


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