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★ Axford, John [XVII-XVIII secolo]. Philosophical & astrological rare secrets brought to light for the good of mankind: whereby wonderful effects may be performed by simpathy in easing pains and aches and curing the most difficult and desperate diseases, distempers or wounds incident to the bodies of mankind, herbs being gathered, and roots taken up, when the planet that governs them are angular and strong; they having then an inate triple and potential vertue more then they have at other times, both in physical and chyrurgial operations. with directions for the best times to gather herbs for seven years beginning April 1693 and ending October 1700. Read the following epistle and catalogue of diseases, &c. Galen, who is accounted, prince of physitians, faith, that although physick be a perfect science in it self, yet a physitian cannot be perfect in his work without the knowledge of astrology. Licensed according to order. London, Printed by T. Sowle, at the Crooked-Billet in Holywell-Lane, in Shoreditch, 1693.

In 4°, A8 B-D4 E2, cc. [1], pp. 40. Il verso della prima carta è bianco.

Manuale teorico-pratico di iatromatematica ed erboristeria, sulla scia di Culpepper e soprattutto di Thurneysser (Historia sive descriptio plantarum, 1578: vedi la scheda n. 7986). Le denominazioni delle piante e delle radici curative (a me sconosciute), che Axford elenca, sono collegate ai Pianeti: Celandine, Dittany ed Eyebright al Sole; Bawm e Pelitory a Giove; Cuckow-point e Dittander a Marte; Plantane e Dafodil a Venere; Burnet-Saxifrage alla Luna; Henbane e Mallain a Saturno e così via. All’elenco delle piante fanno seguito le indicazioni to gather herbs or take up roots per gli anni 1693-1700 (da pagina 11 alla fine).

Esemplari: British Library; Bodleian Library, Oxford; Staatsbibliothek Berlin; Bayerische Staatsbibliothek München; University of Arizona, Tucson; University of Toronto.