Perfumes

The Origine of Perfumes is as Ancient as the Creation of the World; when the whole Earth was a delicious Garden, exhaling the sweetest Smells. Art that never Injures Nature, but rather improves it, in succeeding Times collected what that good Mother had scattered in several places to Compound agreeable Mixtures of Sweets: After innumerable Observations upon repeated Experiment, this Art is brought under infallible Rules to its utmost Perfection; by help of such Rules which I had learnt from the best Masters, and made use of a long time, I have collected the Secrets which I now present to the Publick." This is the introduction to a 1696 book entitled The French Perfumer. We thought it amusing enough to share!