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Saint Sauveur book of medical and technological receipts

 Collection — Volume: 1
Call Number: MS D156


Primarily medical receipts (informal directions for compounding and administering folk-remedies); some horse-medicine; also directions for making pigments, for fishing, for removing ink-spots, for secret writing, for catching birds, for making varnish, for mending china...


  • Creation: approximately 1739


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1 volume : Binding: Vellum over pasteboard: 2 leather ties. Binding Title: ....di secrets. Full title on title page: Full Title: Receüil de Diuers Secrets; opiates, et remedes exellents. eprouués; infallibles par touts ceux qui s'en sont servis; pour l'usage De nos amijs. approuués par le fameux Kirlo-cho-choan. premier-medicin de Sa hautease Kerlosobut second empereur des chinois. A Pequin ce 4me de la lone de janus. Van du monde Dix mills quarante Sept. Paper support. ; Volume measures no taller than 30 cm.

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

Author and Date: On verso of title-page: "A Mr de St Sauueur Officier en Regt. De Conty. en garnison a Marseille au Fort St Jean 1739." On first paste-down endpaper in same hand: "Ex Secretis D. De St Sauueur 1739."

Several sections are dated at end "1739. Fort St Jean"; one is signed "St Sauueur" as well.

Leaf [1] is the title-page. Leaves [2-3] regard "Pythagore etoit un philosophe..." [numerology] The bulk of the volume, leaves [4-45] contain receipts.

Leaves [46-82] are blank, and leaf [83] has a French bawdy verse. The pasteboard in back cover also contains 14 stanzas of French bawdy verse.

Physical Location

MS D156

Custodial History

Several scribbles on first paste-down endpaper, On back cover (reversed): ce livre appartie.t au Sieur pla.t.. f.....en Chyrurgie a l'hopital avignon ce 19 deciembre 1822. D'antner fils [?] "1879" and "1888" on first paste-down endpaper.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Chamonal, 1978

Guide to the Guide to the Saint Sauveur Book of Medical and Technological Receipts Collection
Saint Sauveur book of medical and technological receipts
Finding aid prepared by alh, 1978; revised by ksc, 2005. Finding aid encoded by skt, 2006.
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Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Saint Sauveur book of medical and technological receipts, Department of Special Collections, MS D156, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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