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Rare commentary on the Ghent pharmacopoeia of 1786

BAVEGHEM, Petrus van.
Pharmacopoea Gandavensis nobilissimi senatus jussu renovata: adjunctae sunt variae adnotationes criticae & instructivae... ejusdem urbis pharmacopoeo.
Ghent, Louis Lemaire, 1787. 8vo. Contemporary tanned sheepskin (tree pattern), gold-tooled spine. [1], [1 blank], [10], 192 pp.
€ 350
Rare first and only edition of the commentary on the most recent edition of the Ghent pharmacopoeia, which had been published a year before. The author, a pharmacist from Ghent, constantly critiques and ridicules the person responsible for the revisions in the pharmacopoeia's latest edition. Several unfortunate errors in the formulation of the recipes lead to ironic commentary. For instance, when the pharmacopoeia mentions that all types of water can be used, and that in the alembic it "rises up by itself", Van Baveghem (1758-1835) writes that he would very much like to own a distilling apparatus which has such amazing features, as fuel has become scarce and costly.
Binding slightly rubbed along the extremities; a very good copy. Anet (1 copy); Daems & Vandewiele, p. 108; WorldCat (5 copies); Vandewiele, "Nota's betreffende Sr. Petrus van Baveghem. vrijen meester apothecaris te Gent", in: Kring voor de Geschiedenis van de Pharmacie in Benelux, Bulletin VI (1953), pp. 1-13; not in STCV.
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