NEUE WOLEINGERICHTETE FRAUENZIMMERAPOTHEKE, oder, Gründliche Anweisung, wie ein jedes Frauenzimmer in allen ihren kränklichen und geheimen Zufällen ihr eigener Arzt seyn könne. Aus dem Englischen übersetzet. Hamburg, bey Gottfried Richter, 1741.
1741. 8vo, pp. 46, [IV], -62, -86, 496, , index, glossary and errata; with attractive engraved frontispiece, engraved title-page vignette, and attractive woodcut head- and tailpieces; a few headlines shaved with loss of page number where gathering cropped close, small tear at tail of p. 73 touching text but with no loss, with some light browning and soiling throughout, a few corners furled; Scarce first German edition, and an appealing unsophisticated copy, of 'The Ladies Dispensatory, or every woman her own physician', published by James Hodges in London in 1739 (with a second edition in 1740).
This practical, comprehensive and popular self-help guide hopes to provide clear and simple advice on the nature, causes, and symptoms of a variety of diseases, infirmities, and disorders that particularly affect the female sex throughout the various stages of life, from maidenhood, marriage through to old age and widowhood. Discussing amongst other things menstruation, pregnancy and the care of new-born infants, the work includes clear and simple remedies that should enable the reader to discreetly diagnose and hopefully treat their own condition 'without applying, or even discovering her condition, to any person living' (title of 1739 English edition). Cosmetics and matters of personal hygiene are also addressed, and the work concludes with a detailed index, as well as a German-Latin glossary.
The attractive engraved frontispiece is by M. Tyroff.
Although sometimes presumed to be a reissue of Leonard Sowerby’s popular 17th century herbal of 1652 (see Wellcome V, p. 154), we have been led to understand that the text is completely different. Blake, p. 322; Wellcome III p. 428 for both the English and present edition; OCLC: 10823799 cites one further copy at the Lloyd Library, with KVK noting copies at the British Library, the Royal Danish Library, Leipzig and Berne; see ESTC T127083 for the 1739 English edition; not in Cole, Duveen, Ferguson or Neville.
Condition: in contemporary marbled pasteboards, joints and surfaces rubbed and worn, with some loss of paper at tail of spine, and on covers, extremities bumped and worn; nevertheless an appealing unsophisticated copy.