A C17th Manuscript Medicine: Charles Barbeyrac

A C17th Manuscript Medicine: Charles Barbeyrac
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[BARBEYRAC, Charles] [1629-1692] after? MANUSCRIPT. “Formulae remediorum ex D.D. Barbeirac praxt Depromptae”, monspelii, [ Montpellier] 1693 with “Novus De morbis venereis Tractatus De Gonorrhea” . 12mo. Approx 13.5 cm x 10cm. Collates thus; Original endpaper with ownership inscription for 1746, [ii title page] pp 282, [ blank] 108, [16 largely index] . Bound in modern calf , spine in five compartments with gilt title and date stamped directly on to the leather. The title has a small floral ornament in ink. Very Good condition, the text in a very easily readable hand in ink, with titles largely in Latin, and the remaining text in French. The works give medical recipes for all manner of ills, under the headings “ De Enemate”,” De Julepis” “ De Emulsione”, “ De Ptisana”, “ De Looch”,”De Gargarismate” “ De Potionibus Purgantibus” [etc]  with the second work dealing mainly with venereal diseases and smallpox. 

Charles Barbeyrac practised medicine in Montpellier although accounts that we have researched suggest that as a Protestant, he was not eligible for a post at the University. Some accounts have him as tutor to Thomas Sydenham, and it is known that Locke took extensive notes from him during his time in Montpellier. Barbeyrac was also Doctor to the Duchesse d’Orléans, Cardinal de Bouillon and Madame de Sévigné. He was the author of “ Medicamentorum constitutio seu Formulae” Lyons, first published in 1746,“Traites Nouveaux De Medecine” Lyons 1684,  and  Quæstiones medicæ duodecim, etc, Montpellier 1658 . Yale University Library have two manuscripts relating to Barbeyrac, one of them c17th, with the following record: “Formule des remedes suivant le sentiment & la practique / de Mr. Barbeyrac. Published/Created:Paris ; [1690?] Physical Description:330 p., [6] leaves ; 16 cm.

Yale Med purchased from Thiebaud (Paris) in May, 1961; dealer's description pasted onto inside of back cover. Manuscript written in black ink on paper, and bound in vellum.” 

Further research might reveal if the manuscripts are similar in content or by the same hand.

£750.00


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