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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. Folio (30 x 19 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 calf, gold-tooled spine with title-label.

€ 1,700

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 contemporary owner's inscription on the title-page. Binding heavily worn and darkened due to water damage; spine damaged at the head and foot. Spotted and browned throughout and with a large damp stain in the lower margin; a fair copy.
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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