De Secretis Mulierum. Item De Virtutibus Herbarum, Lapidum et Animalium
Erroneously attributed to Magnus Albertus (Saint Albert the Great), "Women's Secrets" is about diseases of the female reproductive organs while the second part is concerned with herbs, gemstones, and animals. The book was likely written by a disciple of Albert, not the great man himself. Borrowing the name of a famous writer was common in the days before copyright and would ensure more copies sold. Note the bookplate for Scottish obstetrician Sir James Young Simpson (1811-1870), best remembered for introducing chloroform as an anaesthetic. Within weeks of his 1847 demonstration of the superiority of chloroform, it had almost universally displaced ether as a general anesthetic. Latin text.
Publisher: Apud Henricum et viduam Theodori Boom
Date Published: 1702
Place Published: Amsterdam
Condition: Very good
Dust Jacket: No
Jacket Condition: n/a
Details: 329 p. + 6 p. index. 14 cm. Illustrated title page. Rebound in brown cloth with gold lettering on spine. Covers soiled, especially rear. Lightly bumped. James Young Simpson's bookplate on front pastedown along with small bookseller's label and ink notation. Damp stains to lower parts of pp. 25 - 52 and 267 - 287.