Title: German 18th-century manuscript of ...
Publisher: early 18th century, Germany
Manuscript on paper in Latin and German, heavily inscribed in numerous hands suggesting a passage of time and hands. Small 8vo (150 x 90mm). [N.p. but Germany, n.d., but probably early 18th century]. Contents include notes on chemistry, a page listing the division of medicinal pounds- the unit of weight in use before the decimal system (drachma, scruple, grain), an alphabetical Latin-Germany dictionary for various anatomical parts and afflictions, "Abdomen, Abortus, Acetatulum. etc." and ie. "Mentum= das Kinn" (chin), Latin-German terms scattered thereafter under subheadings for parts of the body, ie. nose, thorax, lungs, heart, skull., with more fleshed out descriptions, the following pages chock-full of further German definitions under Latin headings and another alphabetical index (probably in a later hand) of Latin terms and German equivalents, more to do with natural science, herbs and spices. Complete, the colophon reads, "Finis et soli Deo Gloria Omnia cum deo et nihil fine es Omnia cum spiritu et nihil fine fructu." This small manual was very much constructed in note form with a progression of thoughts spilling out on the pages and with at least two students adding to the handbook over a period of time. The terms may sometimes appear out of alphabetical order, but there is evolution in the ideas, and the handbook would have been a very useful for a quick word-check or a more in depth description. Original paperboards backed in leather strip, inscriptions and doodles on reverse of covers (some edges curled, slight dampstaining, boards worn). Bookseller Inventory # KK6594
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