Tractat von der aller fürtrefflichsten und kräftigsten Artzney wider allerley Gifft: welches der Stein Bezaar ist. Inn welchem seine wunderbarl. Würckungen und Tugenten mit der Heilung in den Gifften angezeiget wirt…

Title printed in red & black and within typographical border. 47 leaves. Small 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed paste-paper boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Konstanz: N. Kalt, 1598.

Second edition, corrected and improved (the first edition appeared in the same city in 1589). In the 16th century, it was widely believed that “marvelous stones” (bezoars or small stony concretions that form in the stomach of certain animals) had considerable medical virtues, especially against poisons.

In this work, Hyeble describes the remarkable mystical and medicinal powers of the bezoar, drawn from his own travels in Portuguese India. Hyeble mentions the high prices bezoars commanded at the marketplaces in Goa and Kochi as well as the fraud he had seen perpetrated by unscrupulous salesmen. He states that bezoars could be used to treat poisons such as arsenic, venomous bites, epilepsy, dysentery, and the plague.

Hyeble (fl. 1589), was the city physician of Konstanz.

Minor browning due to the quality of the paper, but a fine copy.

❧ Durling 2518.

Price: $1,950.00

Item ID: 6577

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