Paris: 62, Rue de Rivoli, 1881. First edition. 16mo, original discreet plain rose pink wrappers, 89,  pages. Illus. Some light wear; near fine. Item #18394
Confidential medical promotional pamphlet for “men of the world,” with much on skin maladies from impurities of the blood, spermatorrhea, female maladies, etc., all tending to promote the sale of Biscuits Dépuratifs de Docteur Ollivier, available at 62 rue de Rivoli in Paris. The Ollivier name had been associated with mercury biscuits for the treatment of venereal diseases (“des biscuits antisyphilitiques”) since their original formulation in 1829 by Charles Prosper Ollivier (see the both the “Extrait des Documents Officiels” included here as well as the Revue médicale française et étrangère, vol. 3), this implied reliability evidently appropriated by enterprising pharmacists; the Belgian Recueil officiel des marques de fabrique et de commerce (Brussels, 1883) notes the trademarks granted on March 31, 1881 to Albert Pillet, pharmacist of 62 rue de Rivoli, Paris for labels and associated artwork for the Biscuits Dépuratifs de Docteur Ollivier. This pamphlet not found on OCLC, nor on the CCFr. Partially unopened; a few conjugate leaves roughly opened, affecting a few letters but with no loss of sense.