A Compleat History of Druggs, Written in French by Monsieur Pomet, Chief Druggist to the present French King; to which is added what is further observable on the same Subject, from Messrs. Lemery, and Tournefort, Divided into Three Classes, Vegetable, Animal and Mineral; With their Use in Physick, Chymistry, Pharmacy, and several other Arts: Illustrated with above Four Hundred Copper Cutts curiously done from the Life; and an Explanation of their different Names, Places of Growth, and Countries from whence they are brought; the Way to know the True from the False, their Virtues, &c. A Work of very great Use and Curiosity - Pierre Pomet, Nicolás Lemery, Joseph Pitton de Tournefort 1712 - for R.Bonwicke, London - First Edition in English A complete two volume first edition in English of the most important illustrated book on medicinal plants and animals during the 17th century, and among the first to act as a handbook to apothecary. It includes a catalogue of seeds brought back from America,

Amongst the 86 magnificent copper-engraved plates of over 400 images are descriptions and plates of sugar-refining, indigo & tobacco preparation, beekeeping, and silk-manufacture.

Pierre Pomet (1658-99), apothecary to the French court, was a renowned and much travelled chemist and botanist. He opened a `drug-house' in Paris and taught botany at the Jardin des Plantes. He was distinguished by his knowledge of all manner of materia medica. Physician to Louis XIV.

Louis Lemery
(1677-1743), doctor and chemist, brilliant son of the distinguished chemist Nicolas Lemery. Physician to Louis XV.

Joseph Pitton de Tournefort, (1656-1708), French botanist and physician, a pioneer in systematic botany, whose system of plant classification represented a major advance in his day and remains, in some respects, valid to the present time.
  Pierre Pomet (1658-99), apothecary to the French court, was a renowned and much travelled chemist and botanist. He opened a `drug-house' in Paris and taught botany at the Jardin des Plantes. He was distinguished by his knowledge of all manner of materia medica. Physician to Louis XIV.

Louis Lemery
(1677-1743), doctor and chemist, brilliant son of the distinguished chemist Nicolas Lemery. Physician to Louis XV.

Joseph Pitton de Tournefort, (1656-1708), French botanist and physician, a pioneer in systematic botany, whose system of plant classification represented a major advance in his day and remains, in some respects, valid to the present time.

Plates Volume I - 68 plates, approximately 328 images including four full page scenes: Seeds - plates 1-9, 36 images; Roots 10-24, 63 images, plate 25 - sugar mill; Woods 26-28, 12 images; Barks 29-30, 10 images; Leaves 31-34, 36, 38-39, 36 images, plate 35 - using indigo for dye, plate 37 - rolling tobacco; Flowers 40-43, 21 images; Fruits 44-56, 94 images; Gums 57-65, 44 images; Juices 66-67, 8 images, plate 68 - making roucou. Volume II - 18 plates, approximately 80 images including three full page scenes: Animals - plates 69-76, 78, 80-83, 85-86, 77 images, plate 77 - bee hives, plate 79 - silk worms, plate 84 - tuna fishing.

References: Hunt Botanical Catalog II 428.
Pharmaceutical History and its Sources in the Wellcome Collections, IV 411. Nissen, Die Botanische Buchillustration 2000-0721 (1725 ed).

Two octavo volumes (binding size 23.8x18cm), pp. [2 (title, verso)] [3 (dedication)] [1] [7 (’
Preface’)] [[2 (’A List of Subscribers, &c.’)] [1 (publisher’s advertisement)] 224; [2 (title, verso)] [10 (’Authors Quoted in the Work’)] [8 (’A Catalogue of the Seeds...’)] 225-419 [1] [10 (Index)] [2 (Publisher’s catalogue)]. (Plates and pagination correct 31/1/2020). Plate 51 with chip at lower outer corner with slight loss to image, plates 69 amd 70 with small holes.
  In contemporary panelled calf, later spine to style, burgundy morocco labels lettered in gilt, new endpapers.   Condition: Near fine, one or two marks to pages, toning to certain plates, plate 51 with chip at lower outer corner with slight loss to image, plates 69 and 70 with small holes, both volumes with minor worming to inner margin of early pages, in very good rebacked binding, wear to edges and covers of boards.   Ref: 110178   Price: HK$ 24,000