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    Kenelm Digby, Lorenz Strauss, Nikolas Papin, Ercius Mohyus. Theatrum Sympatheticum auctum,.... Nuremberg: 1662.

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    Kenelm Digby, Lorenz Strauss, Nikolas Papin, & Ercius Mohyus. Theatrum Sympatheticum auctum, exhibens Varios Authores. De pulvere sympathetico quidem: Digbæum, Straussium, Papinium, et Mohyum. De Unguento verò Armario: Goclenium, Robertum, Helmontium, Robertum Fluddum, Beckerum, Borellum, Bartholinum, Servium, Kircherum, Matthæum, Sennertum, Wechtlerum, Nardium, Freitagium, Conringium, Burlinum, Fracastorium, Et Weckerum. Præmittitur His Sylvestri Rattray, Aditus Ad Sympathiam Et Anti-Pathiam. Nuremberg: Johann Andreas Endter & Wolfgang [Endter] junior Heirs, 1662.

    Quarto. )(4, A-5C4, 5D2. [8], 722, [42] pages. Modern calf, gilt rules, title on leather spine label, edges with red painted design. Boards lightly worn, upper edge of textblock rubbed and scuffed; small holograph pencil bookseller's notes on new endpapers, small holograph ink number on recto of last blank leaf, eighteenth century owner's name and minor edge stain on title page, title page with light browning or light soiling and coming loose, small hole in the lower corner of last few pages not affecting text, occasional minor soiling else a very good copy.     From the Krown & Spellman Collection.      


    Contains: Kenelm Digby's "Oratio de Pulvere sympathetico"; Laurentius Straussius's "Epistola ad Comitem Dygbaeum"; Nicolaus Papinus's "Dissertatio de Pulvere Sympathetico"; and Ercius Mohyus' "Pulvis Sympatheticus".


    Digby first described his well-known weapon-salve, or powder of sympathy, in the discourse alleged to have been delivered at Montpellier in 1658. Its method of employment stamps it as the merest quackery. The wound was never to be brought into contact with the powder, which was merely powdered vitriol. A bandage was to be taken from the wound, immersed in the powder, and kept there till the wound healed. Digby gives a fantastic account of the "sympathetic" principles involved. He says that he learned how to make and apply the drug from a Carmelite who had travelled in the East, and whom he met at Florence in 1622. He first employed it about 1624 to cure James Howell of a wound in his hand, and he adds that James I and Dr. Mayerne were greatly impressed by its efficacy, and that Bacon registered it in his scientific collections... "[DNB].


    Lorenz Strauss [1633-1687] physician, professor of medicine at Giessen, court physician of the Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt. He edited the 1660 edition (from which this edition is taken) of Theatrum Sympatheticum.


    Papin born at Blois practiced medicine there and Alencon, and his death occurred subsequent to 1653. This dissertation was first published at Paris in 1644.


    Mohyus came from Rondchamp near Liege. He studied medicine and practiced it with credit from1620 to 1654. The Pulvis was first published in 1654.


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