"FOR THE USE OF THE LADIES… TO TAKE OFF THE APPEARANCE OF OLD AGE AND DECAY': THE TOILET OF FLORA, 1775
BUC"HOZ, Pierre Joseph. The Toilet of Flora; or, A Collection of the Most Simple and Approved Methods of Preparing Baths, Essences, Pomatums, Powders, Perfumes, Sweet-Scented Waters, and Opiates for preserving and whitening the Teeth, &c. &c. With Receipts for Cosmetics of every Kind, that can smooth and brighten the Skin, give Force to Beauty, and take off the Appearance of Old Age and Decay. For the Use of the Ladies. A New Edition Improved. London: Printed for J. Murray, 1775. 12mo, contemporary full brown tree calf, expertly rebacked with original elaborately gilt-decorated spine laid down, red leather label. $650.
Early English edition of Buc'hoz's fascinating discourse on health and beauty.
Buc'hoz, a noted French physician and naturalist, compiled this work with "The chief Intention… to point out, and explain to the Fair-Sex, the Methods by which they may preserve and add to their Charms; and by which many natural Blemishes and Imperfections may be remedied or concealed." Among the cosmetic tips provided are methods to whiten the skin, remedies for facial pimples, cold creams, lip balms and breath sweeteners. Most interesting are the actual recipes for essences, cosmetics, etc. Though primarily intended for women, Buc'hoz provides practical natural health aids for both sexes, including techniques for preventing baldness, improving eyesight, caring for the teeth and gums, destroying fleas, removing stains and preparing snuff. An indispensable catalog of eighteenth century personal hygiene practices and home remedies. Early owner signature.
Dampstain affecting lower margins only, very light occasional foxing, upper corner of final leaves clipped but not affecting text. In handsome 18th-century calf-gilt.