Cincinnati: J. U. & G. C. Lloyd, Press of Robert Clarke & Co., 1884-1886. Chemise. Complete with all nine softcover issues totaling 304 pages (including b/w plates) plus advertisements. Each issue has its original cover and measures 7.5” x 10.5”. They are housed in the publisher’s decorated hardcover chemise. The journals are in very nice shape with only some minor edge-wear to the covers. Minor shelf-wear and soiling to the chemise which has bright, crisp lettering and decorations. Also included are four 5” Lloyd Brothers medicine bottles: Cantharis (Spanish Fly), Pulsatilla, Stramonium, and Asclepias. The bottle labels show some wear; three are stoppered with old corks. Very good. Item #009037
The Lloyd Brothers were leaders the American Eclectic Medicine movement, which championed the use of medicinal plants and physical therapy, and was very popular in the 19th and first half of the 20th Centuries. Curtis had extensive experience as a botanist, and John was the firm’s chief researcher and pharmaceutical developer. The company was closely allied with the Eclectic Medical Institute, also located in Cincinnati. Each issue of their journal highlighted two or more plants and provided scholarly articles about their medicinal use. The journal contained advertisements for books and medical products, including the Lloyd Brothers “Specific Medicines.” The Specific Medicines, the firm’s leading product line, were highly concentrated tinctures extracted, mostly from plants, by maceration or percolation that were used by pharmacists to compound physician ordered prescriptions. Many of these concentrations were quite dangerous, and two of the bottles in this lot are labeled as poison. Pulsatilla, a genus of prairie flowers used as a sedative and treatment for menstrual problems, is highly toxic in concentrated doses and can induce abortions. Asclepias, milkweed, was used to induce sweating in order to eliminate body waste believed to cause chest and abdominal pain; it is highly toxic when concentrated, and some South American tribes used it to poison arrows. Stramonium, jimsonweed or nightshade, is a powerful poison that was used as an opioid antidote and to relieve constrictions of the throat; it also can induce delirium, tachycardia, amnesia, and bizarre behavior. Cantharsis, ground Spanish Fly (blister beetle), is also a powerful poison and alleged aphrodisiac; it was to be used as “a stimulant to the urinary apparatus.” The outsides of the bottles have been thoroughly washed, however we have not removed the corks; you should not remove them either, and certainly do not taste or touch or even think about tasting or touching any residue; no, not even the Spanish Fly.