"A plant of God's own making, but the devil is likewise involved; excesses ruined both mind and body"
1232. [Health care - Tobacco - Opium - Tea]
4to: portrait-engr. title--256- pp. (a few cropped marginal notes).
Contemp. vellum, flat spine titled in ink. Very good copy.
Rare second ed. (1st Elzevier, 1622) of this early work on tobacco by J. Neander (1596-1630), German physician from Bremen. Illustrated with an engr. portrait of the author by Delff after Bailly, nice engr. frontispiece and 9 full-page engraved plates showing: 3 botanical depictions of the tobacco plant, the 3 earliest known illustrations of South-American natives cultivating and curing tobacco and 3 plates showing smoking pipes used by the Indians or Persian waterpipes (qalyan) recommended by the author because their long pipe helps to cool down the hot tobacco smoke. The plates engr. by Van Wtenbrouck, Moyses (1600-1646). Neander's "Tabacologia" praises the medicinal virtues of tobacco, but also warns of the dangers inherent in its abuse - it was, the author said, "a plant of God's own making, but the devil is likewise involved; excesses ruined both mind and body".
Ref. Willems 257. - Brooke (Arents Collection) 148. - Bragge (Bibliotheca Nicotiana) 27. - Wellcome 4518. - Krivatsy 8278. - Sabin 52173. - STCN (i.a. BL). - This ed. not in Pritzel.
Bound with: 1. Borch, Ole - De somno et somniferis maximèpapavereis dissertatio. Copenhague & Frankfurt a.M., E. Vogel for D. Paulli, 1681. 38-[2 bl.] pp. (browning & spotting). Rare reissue (1680) of one of the first treatises on opium, by the Danish scientist and royal physician O. Borch (1626-1690). Woodcut mark on title. Ref. VD17 7:688562N. - Krivatsy 1552. - This ed. not in Pritzel. - 2. Petit, Pierre - Thea sive De Sinensi herba thee. Carmen ad Petrum Danielem Huetium. Cui adiectae Joannis Nicolai Pechlini archiatri Holsati de eadem herba epigraphae, & descriptiones aliae. Leipzig, M.G. Weidmann, 1685. - pp. (some browning & spotting). Rare first edition of this didactic poem on tea, by the Paris physician and poet P. Petit (1617-1687). The author presents tea as one of the most important exotic luxury beverages of his time, such as also coffee and hot chocolate, to an erudite audience. Ill. with a full-page engr. pl. of a tea plant, by E. André. At the end, short observations on tea by the famous Dutch physicians Jacob de Bondt, Willem Piso and Nicolaes Tulp. Bound in between is an anacreontic poem on tea, printed in Greek, by the Amsterdam poet Petrus Francius (1645-1704), "In laudem Thiae Sinensis anacreontica duo". Amsterdam, s.n., 1685.  pp. Ref. VD17 39:150320E. - Vicaire 679. - Mueller pp. 166-167. - STCN 126227241 (i.a. BL).
An exceptional and rousing sammelband with three early and rare works on tobacco, opium and tea bound together.
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