A compleat History of Druggs, written in French … to which is added, what is further observable on the same Subject … divided into three Classes, vegetable, animal, and mineral, with their Use in Physick, Chymistry, Pharmacy, and several other Arts, illustrated with above 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 Vitrues, &c., a Work fo very great Use and Curiosity, done into English from the Originals, the second Edition.

London, [William Bowyer for] R. & J. Bonwicke, R. Wilkin, and John Walthoe & Thomas Ward, 1725.

2 vols in one, 4to, pp. [24], 419, [9], with 84 copper-engraved plates (of 86); title in red and black, pagination continuous; sig. II M misbound; trimmed with minor loss to plates, II E1 and plates 46 and 48 torn with loss; early twentieth-century red roan-backed boards with pebble-grained cloth sides; rubbed and a little bumped; title inscribed ‘Ex Libris Rev’di Pat. Byrne, 1780'.

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A compleat History of Druggs, written in French … to which is added, what is further observable on the same Subject … divided into three Classes, vegetable, animal, and mineral, with their Use in Physick, Chymistry, Pharmacy, and several other Arts, illustrated with above 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 Vitrues, &c., a Work fo very great Use and Curiosity, done into English from the Originals, the second Edition.

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Second English edition of Pomet’s Histoire générale des drogues. Among the most complete pharmacopoeias of the period, the Compleat History of Druggs is expanded from the work of Pierre Pomet (1658 – 1699), chief druggist to Louis XIV. Copiously illustrated with copper plates, the History describes the uses of botanical, animal, and mineral materials, including Lemery’s catalogue of seeds ‘lately brought back from the American islands’ and accounts of the preparation of tobacco and sugar.

The Compleat History of Druggs is recorded in the ledgers of William Bowyer, which show five hundred copies printed, in two volumes with distinct registers despite the continuous pagination.

Maslen & Lancaster 1725, 1109; Wellcome IV, p. 412.

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