A promotional map for the patent medicine “Peruvian Bitters.” This remedy dates to the story of the beautiful young wife of Count Cinchon, the representative in Peru of Philip IV of Spain. When the Countess was near death in 1630, the “monks of the Mission . .. advised the use of Peruvian bark, or, as it was then called in the language of the country, Quinquinia.” She immediately “rallied from the deadly languor which had so long possessed her, her appetite and her strength were restored,” and she recovered completely. When the Count and Countess returned to Spain, they introduced the remedy to in Europe, and “a celebrated scientist designated it Cinchona, in honor of the lady who had brought it to the knowledge of the civilized world.” In this map, a pigeon flies over a bird’s-eye view of San Francisco, carrying in its beak an image of two monks on a rainy city street, presumably in Lima. A woman in Peruvian costume and carrying an umbrella kisses the hand of one monk, while the other monk bears a large bag which clearly contains the ingredients for the bitters, the name of which is carved above a doorway behind him.
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