De Absinthio

Hiera Picra, vel de Absinthio analecta, Ad normam & forman Academiae Naturae curiosorum selecta Written by Dr Johannes Michaele Fehr, published in Leipzig by Jacob Trescher in 1667. This recently discovered 17th century monograph on the medical and pharmaceutical uses of the wormwood plant has the potential to substantially increase our knowledge of the early history of absinthe and the wormwood-based medicinal elixirs that preceded the commercial product introduced in the 1790’s. Whilst absinthe is mentioned in almost all early herbals, this appears to be the only book exclusively devoted to the subject. The author was founder and president of the Academia Leopoldina.