MEURDRAC, Marie. La Chymie facile et charitable en faveur des dames.
Paris, Laurent d'Houry, 1687.
12mo (155x85 mm), Frontispiece-(12)-414-6 pages and a folding table. binding : Contemporary full calf, spine gilt in six compartments. Large waterstain on all the pages. The edge of two leaves (11-14) browned. Binding slightly rubbed, head of spine worn, corners bumped. Joints splitted on few centimeters.
Marie Meurdrac (1610-1680) is a French chemist, "Dame de compagnie of the Countess of Guiche, she studies chemistry and pharmacy in her own laboratory, fairly well equipped.It distributes drugs, drugs and ointments free to the poor, this which allows him to test different recipes. " (Wikipedia).
references: Extraordinary Women in Science & Medicine [pp. 93-95 : "Meurdrac's book is very much a contemporary chemistry text, invoking the three Paracelsian principles - mercury, the spirit; sulfur, the soul; and salt, the body - as essential qualities. Although containing no recognized discoveries, the book clearly demonstrates her knowledge and competence as a practical chemist and an apothecary"].
Price : 250 €