Le Socrate Marseillois, Ou Particularités…du fameux Annibal Camoux de Marseille, décédé…à l’âge de 122. LE SOCRATE MARSEILLOIS.
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Le Socrate Marseillois, Ou Particularités…du fameux Annibal Camoux de Marseille, décédé…à l’âge de 122

Marseille, J. Mossy 1773.

12mo. xii, port., 151p. Engraved plate with a full-figure portrait of Annibal Camoux and verses below.

Vellum-backed marbled boards.

Only Edition — a model of romantic personal history, credulity, local lore and medical advice. This study of the super-centenarian Annibal Camoux (?1638-1759) accepts his principal self-declared biographical markers, recounts dozens of vignettes of his middle and late life and records his health regime as gospel (nine pages devoted to his use of tobacco). Some of the particulars are charming if improbable (at best). For instance, he claimed his longevity relied in part on elixirs he concocted from exotic plants he purchased from sailors calling at Marseille. He also concerned himself with the classification of these specimens, which gave rise to long and fruitful conversations with Tournefort (died 1708, conveniently), and we have his views on a host of subjects, i.a., architecture, astronomy, philosophy and, of course, medicine. I have not located a copy in the U.S., not in the standard medical bibliographies. In good condition.
¶Conlon, Le Siècle des Lumières 73:469.

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Price: $1,400.00