A Lyon, chez Barthelemy Vincent, 1626.
8vo [173 x 107 mm] of (4) ll., 342 pp., (1) p. and 9 superb full-page plates. Full green Jansenist morocoo, spine ribbed, inner border, gilt edges. Binding signed by Chambolle-Duru.
First edition of the French translation by Jacques Veyras with a new title-page dated 1626, of one of the most important works related to tobacco.
Graesse IV, 652 ; Waring II, 709 ; Ferchl 379 ; Leclerc, Bibliotheca Americana, 407; Sabin XII, 576.
The Tabacologia of Neander is one of the most important works related to tobbaco.
Neander, a German doctor who paid particular attention to the research of plants characteristics, is here studying tobacco. He recommends the use of long pipes, like the ones of Indians, in order to permit the cooling of the smoke. However, if he recommends the use of tobacco in the preparation of medicines, he is against an entertaining use of tobacco.
According to his statements, tobacco was « a plant created by God but the Devil interfered; to consume it excessively ruins the soul and the body. »
“The little that is new in this treatise is of very definite value in the history of tobacco, and that little is rendered more impressive by the novel and accurate illustrations which decorate the work. Among them are the earliest representations known to us of American natives engaged in cultivating and curing tobacco, of curious pipes, and of the kalian of Persia. ” (Arents)
The present work is illustrated with 9 beautiful full-page copperplates showing tobacco plantations, harvesting scenes…
These engravings are of the utmost interest since they are the first known representations of Amerindians growing and smoking tobacco.
« 9 copper plates represent the plant, the harvesting made by the Indians and Indian pipes. » (Leclerc, Bibliotheca Americana, 3399).
Fine copy bound in Jansenist green morocco by Chambolle-Duru towards 1875.