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First edition of the official pharmacopoeia of Brussels

[BRUSSELS - PHARMACOPOEIA]. [JOCQUET, Joannes, and others].
Pharmacopoeia Bruxellensis: jussu amplissimi senatus edita.
Brussels, Jan Mommaert II, 1641. Small 4to (19.5 x 15 cm). With engraved title-page by Cornelius Galle the elder after Anthonis Sallaert. 19th-century half calf, gold-tooled spine. [32], 224, [8] pp.
€ 3,250
First edition of the first official pharmacopoeia of Brussels, containing numerous medicinal recipes and offering much insight into the 17th-century medical practice in the Low Countries. Brussels had begun discussing plans to establish a Collegium Medicum ca. 1605, but failed to do so. A 1636 plague gave city magistrates the impetus to compile a pharmacopoeia, however, and they commissioned four leading city physicians to compile the present Brussels pharmacopoeia. No apothecaries were officially consulted in the compilation of the Brussels pharmacopoeia, reflecting the growing status of physicians and declining status of apothecaries. Amsterdam had produced the first official pharmacopoeia in the Low Countries in 1636, based in part on Valerius, but the Brussels physicians chose to take the 1638 Paris Codex medicamentarius Parisiensis as their principal model.
With early owner's inscription on title-page and early manuscript annotations in the margins of pp. 169, 175 and 213. Trimmed when rebound in the 19th-century, shaving the top of the title-page and the manuscript annotations, smudges and small waterstains throughout, and some minor damage to the lower inner corner of the first few leaves including the frontispiece. A fair copy. Spine partly restored, hinges cracked and some wear along the extremities. Daems & Vandewiele, pp. 70-71; Wellcome IV, p. 357.
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