Perfume and Cosmetic Recipes

Pierre-Joseph BUCH'OZToilette et laboratoire de Flore, réuni en faveur du beau sexe, ou essai sur les plantes qui peuvent servir d'ornement aux dames, & qui sont utiles dans la distillation, contenant les différentes manières de préparer les essences, pommades, rouges, poudres, fards, eaux de senteur, liqueurs, ratafias, huiles, eaux cosmétiques & officinales, etc.

Paris, chez l'Auteur, 1784.

2 volumes 12mo, 19th century half blue shagreen over marbled boards, spines with raised bands, small gilt flower in three compartments, gilt title. Half-title, title, 156pp., title, pp.157-356. Complete.

First Collected Edition of Buc’hoz’s celebrated studies of perfume and cosmetics, first published in 1771 (Toilette) and 1772 (Laboratoire).

Pierre-Joseph Buc’hoz (1731-1807), born in Metz, was a physician and naturalist who at various times served as physician to the King of Poland, the brother of the King of France, and the Duke of Artois. He is the author of a large number of works on a wide variety of subjects, including numerous heavily illustrated botanical works.

Books on perfume began to appear early in the 16th century. Isabella Cortese’s I secreti, for example, was published in 1561 at Venice. The history of perfume in France has been closely intertwined with the political history of that country. The fortunes of the industry fluctuated according to the interest of the reigning monarch. Simon Barbe’s Le parfumeur François was first published in 1693, although at the end of the 17th century Louis XIV banned perfumes from the court, citing their odour as the cause of his frequent headaches. The manufacture and use of perfumes in France resumed in the 18th century when Louis XV ascended the throne. Recipes were frequently included in printed works, such as Pierre Joseph Buc’hoz’s Toilette et laboratoire de flore, 1784. According to the fashion of the period, hair powders, linens and soaps were also scented (University of Delaware).

Bookplate of N. Dujardin-V.d.Avoort.

Light occasional foxing or browning but generally a good copy.

This edition is very scarce.

Ref. Quérard, France littéraire, I, p. 554 / Not in Brunet, Graesse

Price: 1.100,00 euros

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