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Rare and old-fashioned pharmacopoeia of Douai

[DOUAI - PHARMACOPOEIA]. BRISSEAU, Michel, and others.
Pharmacopoeia Duacena galeno-chymica nobilissima et amplissimi senatus authoritate et jussu munita & edita.
Douai, Jacques-François Willerval, 1732. Small folio (25.5 x 17 cm). With a woodcut of the then current Douai coat-of-arms (a shield with an arrow and eight drops of blood) on the title-page. Contemporary tanned sheepskin, richly gold-tooled spine.
€ 1,750
Very rare first and only edition of the pharmacopoeia of the city of Douai in French Flanders. Although the city housed the second oldest university in the Low Countries, it had never before compiled its own pharmacopoeia, whereas nearby Lille had been the first city in the Southern Low Countries to do so. Compared with other pharmacopoeias, the Douai pharmacopoeia was rather conservative and even old fashioned, both in its recipes as in its use of measurements and despite being titled as "galeno-chymica" the number of chemical formulas is quite low (cf. Vandewiele).
With a library stamp and a contemporary owner's inscription on the tile-page. Rebound and with some restorations at the spine and corners; edges and spine worn, with two cracks in the latter. Browned throughout, especially the last 10 pages due to a damp stain that gradually grows larger through the final 30 pages.
Anet (1 manuscript copy); Daems & Vandewiele, p. 93 (3 copies); Vandewiele, "La Pharmacopée de Douai en manuscrit de Michel Brisseau" in: Revue d'histoire de la pharmacie LXI, 216 (1973), pp. 340-344; WorldCat (2 copies); not in: Blake; Wellcome.
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