logologo-optometry

An account of a most efficacious medicine for soreness, weakness and several other distempers of the eyes

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Catalogue Number: 985
An account of a most efficacious medicine for soreness, weakness and several other distempers of the eyes
Category: Book
Sub-Category: Significant book (Aitken collection)
Author: SLOANE Hans
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: c 1750
Time Period: 18th C and earlier
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: London
Publisher/Manufacturer: Printed for Dan Browne at the Black-Swan, without Temple Bar
Description Of Item: Pamphlet; wrappers, half title, title page, dedication to King Geo II, 1 - 17 pp, blank leaf
Historical Significance: Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1773), Bart, physician to his Majesty etc was born in Ireland and died in Chelsea, London, at the age of 92. This is his only publication. He is famous for his great collections in the fields of botany and his interests in pharmacy. He bequeathed his library and collections to the British nation and they became the foundation of the British Museum. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Sloane and http://www.nhm.ac.uk/research-curation/research/projects/sloane-herbarium/hanssloane.htm. The first edition of this booklet was published in 1745 and the second in about 1750. The recipe of the medicine is to 'take of prepared Tutty, one ounce, of Lapis Haematites prepared, twelve grains, of prepared pearl, four grains ... mix them in a porhyry or marble mortar with a pessle of the same stone with a quantity of Viper's grease or fat to make a linament, to be used daily.'
How Acquired: Donated by Michael Aitken, honorary archivist
Date Acquired: 1989
Condition: Good, missing front plain wrapper, half title page is torn
Location: Archive office. Pamphlet and ephemera filing cabinet. Drawer 1

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