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Wapper 5
B-2000 Antwerp
Belgium
Contact Kris Landuyt
Telephone +32 (0)3 231 66 27
Specialists Old and Rare Books, Prints, Artists' Books, Autographs, Modern First Editions, Modern Illustrated Books, Poetry
Antiquariaat de Slegte
Stand H06

Medical tract on snuff tobacco

VLOERS, M.

Cogitata de lacte dulci et pulvere tabaci. / Pensees sur le lait doux et le tabac en poudre., Antwerpiae / Anvers, Ex Typographia / De l’Imprimerie C. M. Spanoghe, 1783

115, [1] p. Original publisher’s paper wrappers.

Note
Rare first and only edition of this Latin/French bilingual work on the medical properties of milk and snuff tobacco. With Latin and French text on facing pages, The Latin printed in a roman type and the French in an italic. Contains two ‘treatises’, the first arguing against the claim that fresh milk is the cause of bowel problems, and stating instead that milk is easily digestible, followed by a listing of the many medical attributes of milk. The second ‘essay’ (p. 76-116) discusses the effects of the use of snuff. “The unpleasant reactions to the use of snuff, such as sneezing, sniffing and snorting, indicate that it is an unhealthy, unclean habit […] So snuff should only be employed with caution, and should rarely be prescribed by physicians.”

Edition
First and only

Condition
Wrappers and spine damaged, but interior very fresh, uncut; the treatise on Snuff even unopened. Ms inscription at first free endpaper: ‘ad usum Norberti De Vos Gand Ecl. Abb. Affligem 1814’.

Binding
Original publisher’s paper wrappers.
£775