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Original edition of the first military pharmacopoeia for the Habsburg Empire

Pharmacopoea Austriaco-castrensis.
Vienna, Albert Anton Patzowsky, 1795. 8vo. Half calf, spine label lettered in gold, red sprinkled edges. [4], 102 pp.
€ 900
First edition, in Latin, of the first military pharmacopoeia for Habsburg Austria, with the privilege for 10 years in German, dated 29 September 1795 and granted to the publisher Albert Anton Patzowsky on behalf of the last Holy Roman Emperor, Franz II Joseph (1768-1835), who was to become Franz I, the first Emperor of the Austrian Empire, in 1804.
Until 1794 the Austrian army met its pharmaceutical needs with help from civilian pharmacists. Problems with the quality of the services provided led to the establishment of a professional military pharmaceutical service in 1794. To provide the medical support that the army needed, garrison hospital pharmacies were built.
Patzowsky published a German edition of the present pharmacopoeia in the same year: Oestrreichischen Militär-Pharmacopoea zum Gebrauche der Oestrreichischen Fieldärzte (Vienna, A.A. Patzowsky, 1795). In spite of the privilege a pirated edition appeared in the same year in Pavia.
Spine slightly worn, otherwise in good condition. Blake, p. 347; cf. Wellcome IV, p. 356 (1795 edition, Pavia).
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