AN ILLUSTRATED FRENCH BOTANICAL, HERBAL AND MEDICAL MANUSCRIPT.more...
The title, added at a slightly later date, claims it as the holograph work of le sieur Eméry, referring either the celebrated chemist Nicholas Lémery or Joseph Antoine d’Eméry, to whom a popular contemporary printed work Le nouveau recueil de curiositez rares et nouvelles (1674, with numerous seventeenth-century editions) has been variously attributed. The text is derived in part from Mattioli’s commentaries on Dioscorides first published in the sixteenth century and available in French translation since 1561; the illustrations too are derived from the woodcuts in Mattioli. Both parts of the manuscript contain extensive descriptions of plant species, and the first part also contains numerous medical recipes and instructions.
The book was later in the collection of Marc-Antoine Petit (1766-1811), celebrated Lyon surgeon, with his characteristic supralibros and Grolieresque formula ‘Marco Antonio Petit et amicis’..see full details
In two parts: the first (which contains the illustrations) describes the lines of the palm and fingers and the second describes their interpretation and their connection with the planets. This second part also contains a table of planetary influences on character and an interpretation of letter forms (A, C, D, E, F, G & O) which may appear among the lines of the palm
Several times reprinted in the seventeenth century (this is the second edition) the book was first published in Lyon in 1653. All the early editions are very rare. The dedication is signed by one ‘Rampalle’ who purports to be the translator, but who is perhaps the real author, with ‘Ronphile’ being a variant or pseudonym. The sixth illustration is clearly pasted to p. 13 (the others are printed direct), probably a cancellation of another illustration below..see full details
Peebles was a prominent American Spiritualist, author, and lecturer.more...
He was born on March 23, 1822, in a log cabin in Whittingham, Vermont and his career was spent in constant travel promoting Spiritualism, lecturing in England, India, Australia and New Zealand. He was associated also with the Freemasons and Theosophists..see full details
An apparently unrecorded issue of this anonymous anti-freemasonry sermon: also printed in the same year as Masonry the Way to Hell.more...
The sermon takes as its text Revelation XVII, 5 “And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots, and Abominations of the Earth” and gives a detailed consideration of the supposed ceremonies of the masons. Three other editions/issues dated 1768 are known, one with a Robinson and Roberts imprint paginating [iv], 39,  (NY Historical Society only) and a stated “Second edition” with the same imprint and pagination (BL and Clark Library, UCLA only), together with a Dublin reprint. All three are recorded by ESTC in single copies only. The Sermon provoked a response from John Thompson, freemason, entitled Remarks on a sermon lately published; entitled, Masonry the way to hell. Being a defence of that antient and honourable order, against the Jesuitical sophistry and false calumny of the author (1768, BL only)..see full details
Essays on the Superstitions of the Highlanders found favour among readers with a taste for the poetry of Burns and Scot, as well as among Romantics who looked to the Scottish Highlands for evidence of a society uncorrupted by the vices of modern society. Anne Grant was born in Glasgow, but spent her childhood in America and is best known for her ‘Memoirs of an American Lady’ (1808)..see full details