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Cholera / Slavic Printing / Female Printers: Kolera [Cholera]

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An early Slovenian pamphlet on cholera … it is good for you, if you have a sip of hard liquor, before you leave the house…

8°. 35 pp., old paper spine with a paper label (private collector’s stamp on the title page verso, light staining and small folds, title page age-toned with old pencil annotations, spine with small loss of paper, text overall in a good condition).

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A rare pamphlet on cholera in Slovenian language is written in a colloquial language in a form of a simple dialogue between a peasant and a knowledgeable person. According to the latter the village people should protect themselves by having all the doors and windows closed, if there are cases of cholera in the village, and also by locking the toilette and keeping a dog on a chain in front of the entrance. In case there are no infections, they should air their house and keep things clean (fruit, chicken and manure should be removed from the house).

The text give advices on the clothing (warms clothing should be worn, feet should be kept dry), food, instructions how to make herbal tea (“it is called tè”) and advises people to have a regular shot of hard liquor. According to the author a glass of wine with each meal is exceedingly healthy and “good against cholera”.  The last chapter described in detail, how to prepare the room for an infected person and how to treat him before the arrival of the doctor.

The text is written in the Bohorič alphabet, an orthography used in Slovenian printing until the early 19th century. The alphabet was first used by the pioneer of Slovenian book printing Primož Trubar in the 16th century and was named after Adam Bohorič, who used the symbols in his work Articae Horulae Succisivae, printed in 1583 and published in 1584.
The author Blaž Potočnik (1799-1872) was a priest, who was known for his educational and religious texts.

The book was printed and published by Rozalija Eger, a Ljubljana-based female publisher, who was running the business from the death of her husband in 1829. The family press was after her death in 1871 run by her stepdaughter Leopoldina, and after that by her daughter Juliana until 1873, when she sold the business.

Worldcat mentions 5 institutional examples, all housed in Slovenian libraries. There were at least two versions printed in 1831, as our example differs from the one in the City Library of Ljubljana (http://www.dlib.si/details/URN:NBN:SI:DOC-W0IC487W).

References: OCLC 451231496. Koblar, France: Potočnik, Blaž (1799–1872). Slovenska biografija. Slovenska akademija znanosti in umetnosti, Znanstvenoraziskovalni center SAZU, 2013. http://www.slovenska-biografija.si/oseba/sbi451410/#slovenski-biografski-leksikon (13. julij 2020). Izvirna objava v: Slovenski biografski leksikon: 7. zv. Peterlin – Pregelj C. France Kidrič et al. Ljubljana, Slovenska akademija znanosti in umetnosti, 1949.

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