Papers of: Virtudes del Balsamo Peruano

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 120 WMS/Amer.2 and 13
  • Dates of Creation
      late 18th century
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      2 volumes

Scope and Content

These manuscripts comprise two copies of a work on the theory and extensive therapeutic uses of Peruvian balsam, probably produced in Mexico in the second half of the 18th century.

Administrative / Biographical History


WMS/Amer.13 is a copy of WMS/Amer.2.

Access Information

The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.

Acquisition Information

Purchased 1962.

Other Finding Aids

Described in: Robin Price, An Annotated Catalogue of Medical Americana in the Library of the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine (London: Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, 1983). Detailed catalogue available at

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

manuscript; bound volumes

Archivist's Note

description compiled by Christopher Hilton based upon those in the Library's published finding aid by Robin Price.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies/photographs/microfilm are supplied for private research only at the Archivist's discretion. Please note that material may be unsuitable for copying on conservation grounds, and that photographs cannot be photocopied in any circumstances. Readers are restricted to 100 photocopies in twelve months. Researchers who wish to publish material must seek copyright permission from the copyright owner.

Custodial History

The items in this collection formed part of the Guerra Collection.