BARBE, Simon : LE PARFUMEUR ROYAL, OU L’ART DE PARFUMER AVEC LES FLEURS & COMPOSER TOUTES SORTES DE PARFUMS … Paris, 1699

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Le Parfumeur royal, ou l’Art de parfumer avec les fleurs & composer toutes sortes de parfums, tant pour l’odeur que pour le goût.

Paris, Brunet, 1699

In-12mo (160 x 90mm). Beautiful engraved title page, illustrating the natural sources of the extracts of the perfumes, woodcut initials (some light stains and occasional foxing). Contemporary leather binding with title and gilt decorations on the spine, marbled paper endpapers and red cuts (some small defects).

Provenance: “Ce livre appartient à moi Julia Cabaret.” (Contemporary note of possession coeval to the last leaf).

 

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First edition of this renown treatise of Perfumery written by one of the most famous “noses” of the XVII century, with his workshop in Paris rue des Gravilliers under the banner of the Golden Fleece. Le Parfumeur Royal was intended as a manual for the business professionals and describes in detail the procedures necessary to distil the essences. This copy is embellished with a delightful note of contemporary possession of a woman, Julia Cabaret.

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Julia Cabaret (end of XVII-beginning XVIII century)