104 pp. Small 8vo, attractive antique calf-backed marbled boards. Freystadt [Dresden]: 1690.
First edition, and very rare (no copy in North America according to WorldCat), of this pseudonymous second attack by the alchemist/chemist Amelung on the Reformierter Apothecker (1688) of Janusz Abraham Gehema (1617-1715). Gehema was one of the leading proponents in Germany of the “new medicine” of the Dutch and French, which he had learned while a medical student at Leiden, Groningen, and Utrecht.
In the Reformierter Apothecker, Gehema presented his plan to reform the apothecary trade in Germany by reducing and simplifying the range of remedies to only useful herbs and drugs. Amelung, the author of the Chymische Untersuchung (1690) and about whom nothing else is known, attacks both Gehema’s pharmacological knowledge and medical knowledge while defending the German apothecary trade.
Fine copy. Minor browning.
❧ For Amelung, see Ferguson, I, pp. 30-31, & Ferchl, pp. 8 & 471. For Gehema, see Anette Henriette Munt, The Impact of Dutch Cartesian Medical Reformers in Early Enlightenment German Culture (1680-1720), PhD thesis, University of London, 2004 (online resource).
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