Woman buying fish, 1657.

 
Woman buying fish, 1657.
4 0 c m
 
29cm
actual image size: 21cm x 32cm

Description

Woodcut showing a butcher selling meat and fish; a gutted rabbit hangs on the wall. In the background men are releasing caged birds. Another is hunting a stag, which is pursued by dogs. Illustration introducing a section discusing how animals and the substances derived from them can be used. Illustration from 'Le Vray et Methodique Cours de la Physique Resolutive Vulgairement dite Chymie' ('The True and Methodical Course in Resolutive Physick, Commonly called Chemistry'), by Annibal Barlet, published in Paris in 1657. Although the book contains a great deal of alchemical jargon, it is for the most part good practical pharmaceutical chemistry. Barlet gave regular chemical courses in Paris, attended by the diarist John Evelyn (1620-1706) amongst others.

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