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This semi-short work is a fine one, because it combines herbal remedies (the recipes thereof, that is) with what amounts to diagnosis, and bridges the gap between prior works (which tended to be quite superstitious) and latter ones (which were more scientific in the truly modern sense. In the mid 19th century, the scientific and the spiritual segued into one another seamlessly. The incantations of grimoires slowly got displaced by the apothecary receipts of the more recent era. It includes as well a short lecture on health which is at times hilarious, blaming “self abuse” (now known as masturbation) for lunacy and various developmental disabilities.

I cannot recommend the concoctions utilized here in this booklet but some of the species and preparations are indeed chemically active and at the time would likely have been tested with at least some degree of rigor. It is an interesting look at the eras’ medicinal lore. One of the best, actually.

65 pages.

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This short work is partially about nothing more technically supernatural than the topic of sleep paralysis, also known in colloquial terms at the time as the night-mare. This frightening topic is, literally speaking, not yet even quantified fully by science so I suppose that element is still of occult import; but of greater interest here are two other subtopics; herbal preparations for the condition, and a bit of back-story and lore regarding the older, demonic principle of the incubus supposedly responsible for such a phenomenon. This work is over 200 years old but displays a fairly advanced amount of rational insight.

56 pages.

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This excellent work is at once a manuscript of folk medicine, an apothecarian work, a recipe book, and a compilation of basic life tips from the 1830s; indeed, it is one of those “receipt books” from the era which, in domestic work, displaced some of the more odd content of the prior eras’ cosmopolitan grimoires. Gone is the alchemy in favor of more rational medicinal workings.

Containing a fairly lengthy herbal remedy section and recipes for ointments and salves as well, it’s surprising how much of the content is still utilized today- it humorously refers to the banes of both alcohol and opium while suggesting sometimes a little kick of gin should be added to a recipe or two, to solve for “patient discomfort.”

163 pages.

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This work is a bit on the odd side because the title is utterly useless in determining its content; reading the title (which proposes the work to purely oppose witchery) and the preface, one would assume it’s nothing more than Christian zeal or, at most, white magick. It is in fact based partly on the work of Magnus, partly on the Petit Albert (or some intermediary text) and partly on the fortune telling tradition of the late 1700s with the Norwood Gypsy and other content. As such, it is a bric-a-brac, a gray magick grimoire, and a miniaturized compiling of herbal and folk lore and magic, all combined with some protective incantations and plenty of superstition.

In fact, altogether, it almost rivals the Petit Albert or Hohman’s “Pow Wows” for interest in my own opinion- this kind of work is uncommon, and extremely interesting. It also contains some basic chemical works (alchemy!) and weather prognostication with astrological overtones.

92 pages.

Herbal, Homeopathic, and Folk Medicine Books for Sale

The following is a continuously edited list of texts related to herbal medicine, homeopathy, and quack doctoring, which I have edited and released. This list will be updated over time as new titles become available.

PRIMITIVE PHYSIC
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An extensive mid 18th century text of folk and herbal medicine.

MAGIC PLANTS
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A short tract detailing the philosophy of natural magic and herbalism.

THE WITCHES’ PHARMACOPOEIA
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A very good work on herbal and similar imagery in witch lore.

GUNPOWDER AS A WAR REMEDY
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A WWI homeopathic work of note suggesting the use of small doses of tincture of black powder.

CANADIAN HERBAL
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A combination receipt book for disease and herbal guide.

THE USEFUL FAMILY HERBAL
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A short herbal with a large number of (often odd) recipes.

COUNTERBLAST TO TOBACCO
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A very short tract on the spiritual and physical evils of tobacco, by King James the first.

WEEDS USED AS MEDICINE
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A government bulletin listing several dozen common and noxious medicinal species.

VALUABLE HERBAL PRESCRIPTIONS
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A homeopathic work listing some late 19th century remedies and various species used therein.

ASTROLOGICAL PHYSICIAN
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A work that proclaims the ability to treat and diagnose ailments using astrology.

THE TREE OF LIFE
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Carey’s work likening the spiritual and biochemical and proposing his prophetic vision of quasi-eugenic utopia.

HYPNOTISM
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DeLaurences’ work on mesmerism and hypnotism along with its applications in medicine. Pure Victorianism!

THE FAMILY NURSE
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An excellent manuscript covering herbal remedies, ointment crafting, poisons, and more.

THE SECRETS OF ANIMAL MAGNETISM
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A work on mesmerism and clairvoyance that partially relates them to medical applications.

THE INCUBUS
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A work on sleep paralysis which also describes herbal remedies, demonic folklore, and other subtopics.

REMEDIAL USES OF HYPNOTISM
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An interesting little essay on the medical application of hypnotism.

ANIMAL MAGNETISM
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A pro-hypnotism, anti-mesmerism manuscript, with some amusingly dated opinions of the use of the former.

MIND AND BODY
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A treatment of hypnotism, faith healing, and the general history of alternative medicine.

THE FAMILY COMPANION AND PHYSICIAN
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A collection of diseases, cures, preparations, and a lecture on moral ills.

THE LAW OF NATURAL HEALING
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A work speaking of autosuggestion and its therapeutic usages, some still accepted today.

HYPNOTISM, PERSONAL MAGNETISM, ETC
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A long-titled booklet of alternative medicine stressing dietary change, exercises, and hypnosis.

A TREATISE ON ANIMAL MAGNETISM
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A tract on Mesmerism and magnetic bathing, and its various anecdotal claims of efficacy.