Le Secret des Bains et Eaux minerales de Vichy en Bourbonnois, découvert par...dans lequel sont contenuës beaucoup de recherches & pensées curieuses utiles & necessaires pour les malades qui ont besoin des Eaux minerales en general. Claude FOUET.

Vichy Water; Sébastien Vaillant’s Copy

Le Secret des Bains et Eaux minerales de Vichy en Bourbonnois, découvert par...dans lequel sont contenuës beaucoup de recherches & pensées curieuses utiles & necessaires pour les malades qui ont besoin des Eaux minerales en general.

12 p.l., 148 pp. 12mo, cont. sheep, spine gilt. Paris: la Veuve d’Olivier de Varennes, 1679.

First edition of one of the earliest works on the medicinal qualities of the alkalic waters at Vichy. Fouet, a physician of that city, describes the town and its various sources, particularly the one belonging to the Capuchins. He provides chemical analyses of the water from each source, medical treatments employing the waters, geological speculations explaining why the waters are hot, etc. The consumption of Vichy water was reputed to cure catarrh of the stomach, gout, renal and biliary calculi, liver complaints, and diabetes.

This copy has on the free front endpaper the signature of Sébastien Vaillant (1669-1722), the great French botanist.

Fine copy.

❧ Krivatsky 4214.

Price: $4,000.00

Item ID: 5049

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