Title The Toilet Of Flora [translated from Pierre-Joseph Buc'hoz] : or a collection of the most simple and approved methods of preparing baths, essences, pomatums, powders, perfumes, sweet-scented waters and opiates. With receipts for cosmetics of every kind ... for the use of the ladies. New Edition Improved.
Book Condition 2nd English Edition, contemporary speckled calf gilt, neatly recornered and rebacked in calf with red morocco label. Sm.8vo, c.pp + 272, last couple of leaves lightly damp-marked, an excellent mellow copy. Neat little modern booklabel on endpaper : and endpaper very neatly initialled 'A. M. August 21st 1803'.
Publisher Printed for J. Murray, and W. Nicoll 1775.
Seller ID 9085
Scarce and important book. First published in French 1771 : and in English 1772. For this 2nd English Edition, see NUC listing 5 copies only : and see 18thC STC noting the BL copy only. Later English editions included an engraved plate : none was issued for this improved 2nd English Edition. *** The Toilet of Flora was an important book in the development of natural vegetable-based cosmetics and treatments of every kind. Until this time, 18th century cosmetics, especially French, had particularly featured the heavy use of lead-based white paint and mercury-based rouge. The harmful toxicity of these elements was common knowledge and Kitty Fisher, a famous English beauty, was well-known to have died of lead poisoning in 1767. *** Includes 335 recipes for cosmetics and treatments ranging from An Aromatic Bath to Herb Snuffs. Separate chapters deal with Virgin's Milk, Breath, Nails, Eyebrows, Complexion, Wrinkles, Warts, Perfumes, Powders, Quintessences, Fleas &c &c. *** Buc'holz was a distinguished physician and naturalist, employed among others by the King of Poland, by the brother of the French King, and by the Duke of Artois. He was also the author of a number of illustrated botanical works.
Buc'hoz Toilet of Flora French natural vegetable cosmetics essences pomatums powders perfumes waters opiates ladies woman women