1867. Item #87968
FUMOUZE, Armand. THESE DE PHARMACIE: DE LA CANTHARIDE OFFICINALE. Paris : Chez Germer Bailliere, 1867. Small 4to. 58pp. Faded green printed wrappers. Ex-library with a few stamps. Binding is split. Cover is chipped and torn. An essay on the beetle that is the source of Spanish fly. It has been used medicinally as a plaster and an aphrodisiac since ancient times. In ancient China it was mixed with human excrement, arsenic and wolfsban to make the first stink bomb. Includes 5 lithographs of the beetle.