The Pharmacopeoia of the United States of America; 4th Decennial Revision By the Authority of the National Convention for Revising the Pharmacopeoia Held at Washington, A.D., 1860.
The Pharmacopeoia of the United States of America; 4th Decennial Revision By the Authority of the National Convention for Revising the Pharmacopeoia Held at Washington, A.D., 1860.

The Pharmacopeoia of the United States of America; 4th Decennial Revision By the Authority of the National Convention for Revising the Pharmacopeoia Held at Washington, A.D., 1860.

Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1869. Octavo. Item #028231

XXVII, 399 pages. Copyright 1863. This work was the essential reference for the druggist during the era and just after the Civil War. Every decade the top Physicians and chemists met in Washington, D.C. to determine the effectiveness of drugs and how to establish the correct ways to measure or weigh portions (there are reasons for both given in the 33 page preface). Here they note that not only were 110 new items added, some had been removed (though mercury was still retained for external compresses). The conference held in 1860 included the major leaders in the field of medicine including Edward R. Squibb, George B. Wood (who was in charge of the revision). Since these books were essential references for the pharmacists (referred to as druggist in those days) and that virtually none had any serious training in chemistry, it helps the reader to understand both the advances and the blind spots of the experts of the day. This copy also is fascinating since it has a very early bookplate on the front endpaper pastedown; "H.H. Curtis, Druggist and Bookseller, Geneva, Wisconsin". Written in ink just below it reads: "Opened drugstore in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, 1840..sold to R.N. Arnold in 1878." We have not been able to verify this information but since the Wisconsin Territory changed twice before obtaining statehood in 1848. If accurate, it at least appears to look back retrospectively to the earliest settlement of the town. Bound in brown cloth, spine lettering gilt, A some light chipping and wear to spine ends, with splits to cloth at joints, inner front hinge just starting, damp stain to upper edge of a few corners not extending to text, light occasional scattered foxing. A good copy.

Price: $145.00

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