A Gift for Young and Old: St. Jacobs Oil. St. Jacobs Oils.

A Gift for Young and Old: St. Jacobs Oil

Baltimore, MD: A. Vogeler & Co., 1881. A scarce advertising booklet filled with outlandish testimonials and even cartoons with rhyming captions. 32pp. in publisher's pictorial wraps. Worldcat locates 6 copies.

Perhaps little more than snake oil, The Wood Library Museum of Anesthesiology, describes the product as “a turpentine-ether-alcohol tincture” and gives the percentage of aconite at 2%. Aconite is a deadly alkaloid of Monkshood—also known as Wolfsbane. See Nickell, Center for Inquiry, St. Jacob's Oil, 2014.
Very good with some paper yellowing, cover fading, minor tears at edges and corners. Item #151

Price: $45.00

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