True Preserver and Restorer of Health: being a choice collection of select and experienced remedies for all distempers incident to men, women, and children. selected from, and experienced by the most… [with] Excellent Directions for Cookery…

London: Printed by T. B. [Thomas Bradyll] for the author, and are to be sold at his House in Hewes-Court in Black-Friers, 1682.

Two works in one volume. Second separate dated title page, but pagination is continuous. Octavo (15.5 x 10 cm.), (16), 1-352, (2), 3-80, 1-32 pages. Collation: A-Ec8, 2A-2B8. Illustrated with one full page woodcut (Aa4). ~ FIRST EDITION. This issue has "chyrurgions" in line 11 and "cherry-vvine" in line 18 of title; another issue has "chyrurgeons" and "cherry-wine". We’ve now seen both, and ESTC notes both styles. Hartman’s True Preserver is one of a number of late 17th century works offered in the shadow of Hannah Woolley’s The Queen-Like Closet (1670), emphasizing activities for lady’s leisure, and aimed at a growing, and newly recognized, audience of women. Included are formulae and receipts for cookery, medicine, and pharmacy. Specific instructions for a restorer, an engine, and a short section on metheglin, etc. are present as well. Rebound in full calf, with hand-tooled border and center panel front and back; spine with four raised bands and title, author, and date in gilt. Text block has a stain to bottom right corner (A-E4) but otherwise clean (some pages showing some browning). Ownership inscription to title page, “Ex Libris, Epi (sp?) Ellis”. [OCLC locates nine copies; Bitting 218 (later ed.); Cagle 727; Hazlitt II 270; Notaker 565; Oxford 41; Pennell, page 140; Wing H1004].

Price: $7,500.00