Fons salutis Scatebra Petrina, das ist, Gründtliche Beschreibung der weitberümbten Brunnquellen des Heils, des genandten, Sant Petersthals unnd Grießbachers Saurwassers. Als in welcher gehandlet wirdt, von dessen urspringlichen Quellen: Mineralischen Geystern, deren Kräffte, Unterscheid, Application…

One double-page engraved plate depicting the town of Griesbach. Title within ruled border & printed in red & black. 20 p.l., 463 pp. Thick 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed paste-paper boards (title with small hole in gutter touching border, some light browning due to the quality of the paper), spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Strasbourg: J. Martin, 1607.

First edition of this rare balneological work; WorldCat locates no copy in North America. Bad Peterstal-Griesbach is a well-known spa town in the upper Rench Valley, one of the side valleys of the Rhine in the northern Black Forest. Its iron waters have been considered therapeutic, treating constipation and illnesses of women, for more than 400 years.

Graseck (fl. 1605), a medical doctor in nearby Strasbourg, describes the town itself and lodgings, various sources within the towns, the chemical makeup of the waters, their medical benefits, etc. Graseck has also printed a number of attestations from other doctors regarding the efficacy of the waters and mud baths.

Fine copy.

Price: $2,500.00

Item ID: 6576

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