Apothecary's shop, 1512.
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Woodcut showing an asistant preparing a remedy, with well-stocked shelves behind. This woodcut was used again in this book and in similar publications in the 16th century. Illustration from 'Liber de arte Distillandi de Compositis' (Book of the art of distillation of compound bodies) by Hieronymus Brunschwig (c 1450-c 1512) published in Strasbourg in 1512. Brunschwig's works are chiefly concerned with the preparation of medicines, but include such alchemical preparations such as the Quintesence and Potable Gold. They are also the source for some of the earliest images of chemical apparatus.