George Bate. (1608-1669)
Pharmacopoeia Bateana: or, Bate’s dispensatory. Translated from the second edition of the Latin copy, published by Mr. James Shipton. Containing his choice and select recipe’s, their names, compositions, preparations, vertues, uses and doses, as they are applicable to the whole practice of physick and chyrurgery: the Arcana Goddardiana, and their recipe’s intersperst in their proper places, which are almost all wanting in the Latin copy. Compleated with above five hundred chymical processes; and their explications at large, various observations thereon, and a rationale upon each process. To which are added in this English edition, Goddard’s drops, Russel’s pouder, and the emplastrum febrifugum: those so much fam’d in the world; as also several other preparations from the Collectanea chymica, and other good authors. By William Salmon, professor of physick.
London: for S. Smith and B. Walford, at the Prince’s Arms, St. Paul’s Church-yard, 1694. $2,200
Octavo, 17 x 11 cm. Signatures: A7B-Z 8Aa-Zz8 Aaa-Ppp8[qqq]4 Qqq-Rrr4
§Leaves (signature3K if you will) Kkk1-8 is made up of 16 leaves printed on one side only then put together creating pages which are thicker that all of the others in the book, and giving the feeling the pages are split.
Published posthumously by his colleagues and students for the first time in London in 1688, it was then gradually increased with additions of other authors. The text remained in vogue until the middle of the eighteenth century. This is the first edition to have the Arcana Goddardiana. There is one Plate, is an engraving of a chamber designed for heating antimony, an element often used in powdered form in medicines and cosmetics facing p. 475, engraved by F.H. van Hove
This copy is bound in contemporary boards recently rebacked in an amateur way.
Bate graduated with an M.D. from St Edmund Hall, Oxford in 1637. Three years later while thought to be a Puritan, yet he treated Charles I in Oxford. In the Interrgenum he was physician to Oliver Cromwell and his family. At the restoration he became physician to Charles II, and one of the founding Fellows of the Royal Society. The first deals with internal remedies, the second with external compounds. There is also a guide to the chemical and medicinal symbols used in the text. This work is an exhaustive compendium of herbal and chemical remedies. Every imaginable drug and disease are treated, and a long and detailed index at the end of the text, to make it easier to find information on any given malady or cure.
Wing B1088 which has title “Pharmacopœia Bateana: or, Bate’s dispensatory.” :Arber’s Term cat.; II 478; Cushing B157 (1694 ed.); Wellcome II, p. 113 (1694 ed.);Heirs of Hippocrates No. 495.
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