[MANUSCRIPT] [PHARMACEUTICAL] Codex de Rebus Pharmaceuticis 1787 Minister of love - Vade Mecem.

[MANUSCRIPT] [PHARMACEUTICAL] Codex de Rebus Pharmaceuticis 1787 Minister of love - Vade Mecem.

4,750.00

N.p. France or Belgium. 16 x 11 cm. 32 pages, 27 utilized for recipes/remedies. Love potions, ointments, alcohols, savory recipes, and birth control. Unique French pharmaceutical manuscript containing more than 80 recipes for such aphrodisiacs as "Parfait Amour," "Huile de Venus", hair pomade, rouge, toothpaste, biscuits, lip gloss, shaving cream and less saucy entries for hemorrhoids, "Gelée Pour les Vers," "Injection anti venerienne," diuretic water and macaroni. "Sirop purgatif pout les Enfants," seems to suggest some sort of birth control. A recipes for "Elixirium Doctoris Jernae Vulgo de Longue Vie" suggests a youth serum. Recipes utilize topical, edible, and medicinal and make use of eau de vie, absinthe, lavender sugar and spices such as cinnamon. A smattering of international names include: "Aromatica Wirtemergica," "Liquor Tingens Domini Meyer," "Serum Lactis domini Weiss". Written partially in Latin using roman lettering for titles, with symbols referencing other sections within the text. Repurposed binding, legal in nature, concerning a deceased woman named Catherine (surname illegible), possibly early 17th-century. Vellum binding made from an earlier French legal manuscript with remnant of tie, edges speckled red.

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