Chicago: G.P. Engelhard & Company, 1889. First English language edition. Hardcover. Quarto. 184pp. Dark brown clothwith gilt-stamped illustrations and lettering on the front cover and spine. Top edge of the book block in gilt. The work is a fascinating history of pharmacology and alchemy throughout the ages, from the Greco-Roman period through the late 19th century, documenting the transition of the subject out from the realm of superstition into the era of the scientific revolution and the enlightenment. The book is illustrated throughout with numerous figures reproduced lithographically in b/w from earlier texts and original artwork. The final two pages offer an index of alchemical symbols.
Binding with rubbing and bumping to extremities, including some closed tears and fraying to the head and tail of the spine. Interior with starting at the gutter of the title page and the interior back cover. Light age toning to the edges of pages. Book block fairly tight overall. Binding and interior in good+ condition overall. g+. Item #43899