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Dispensatorum, hoc est, pharmacorum conficiendorum ratio . . . cui accessit D. Iac. Silvii appendix pro instructione pharmacopolarum utilissima. Lyon, apud Theobaldum Paganum,

CORDUS Valerius (1556.)


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Woodcut printer's device on title-page.

16mo. [16]ff. 445pp. [1]f.(blank). Contemporary vellum, ink label on spine (ties missing).

Rare early edition of this important work, generally thought to be the first real pharmacapoeia, although the first work which used "pharmacapoeia" in the title did not appear until 1561.

Before Cordus' work the works generally used by apothecaries were by much earlier writers including Avicenna, Serapion and Simon Januensis. It appears that Valerius Cordus (1515-44), while a student at Nuremberg, showed a collection of medical receipts, selected from the writings of the most famous eminent medical authorities, to the physicians of the town. He was then urged by them to get the work printed for the benefit of the apothecaries of the town and for this enterprise acquired the sanction of the senate (see Encyclopaedia Britannica). The work was first published in 1535, this is the augmented edition which contains an appendix by Guilelmus Sylvius (Jacques Dubois) with instructions for pharmacists - this had first appeared in 1547.

Provenance. This copy was in England at an early date: there is a manuscript note in English at the end of the index, further notes in Latin on fly-leaf.

Small round wormhole in most lower margins, extending to two larger holes on a few leaves, a little staining.

Cf. Garrison Morton 1810. This edition not in BMSTC (French) or Adams.

Stock Code: 46277