RAYNAUD, Théophile. De incorruptione cadaverum, occasione demortui foeminei corporis post aliquot secula incorrupti, nuper refossi Carpentoracti.
Avignon, Iacobi Bramereau, 1665 [ca. 1645].
12mo (145x92 mm), (16)-296-(1)-(1 bl.) pages. binding : Contemporary full limp vellum, flat spine with manuscript lettering. A tear without lack of letters on pages 171-172.
This book deals with the discovery of a woman's corpse, long buried, but preserved and not putrefied, in the cathedral of Saint-Siffrein (Carpentras) around 1642.
Following examination of the body by the surgeon Horace Rollery, Théophile Raynaud (1583-1663) wrote this study on the possible causes of preservation of the corpse (quality of the air, soil, mummification, use of salt, herbs or bitumen, etc). But for Raynaud, who was jesuit, the most obvious explanation for this phenomenon was a divine intervention.