Sale 19BP01 | Lot 9

CULPEPER, NICHOLAS Pharmacopoeia Londinensis; Or, the London Dispensatory.

Catalogue: Rare Books, Autographs & Maps

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Lot 9
CULPEPER, NICHOLAS Pharmacopoeia Londinensis; Or, the London Dispensatory.
Boston: Printed by John Allen, for Nicholas Booone [sic], at the Sign of the Bible in Cornhill [etc.], 1720. First American edition. Contemporary American paneled calf, housed in a modern clamshell case with calf spine. 7 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches (18.5 x 10 cm); [24], 305, [35] pp. Front joint separated but board just holding on cords, the binding a little scuffed and worn, extensively annotated on pastedowns and endpapers with some recipes and a long list of dates of death, all in the early 18th century. Some toning to text, generally an extremely sound copy. At the head of the title is an early notation "Dr. Pardon Bowen's book", and the rear paste-down bears Bowen's bookplate (indicating that he was from Providence, R.I.).
This is the first American edition of the first London pharmacopoeia, originally published in 1650. "This 1720 Boston edition ... enjoys the triple distinction of being the first herbal, the first pharmacopoeia, and the first full-length medical book published in the American colonies." The Bowen bookplate is referred to as that of a woman in the Messenger Collection at the Grolier Club, but Prosper Bowen (1757-1826) was a well-known male Providence physician in the 18th century, himself the son of a doctor, Thomas, whose book this likely originally was, and who may have made the list of deaths on the endpaper. Austin 591; Garrison-Morton 1828.2; Guerra a-48. Norman 542.


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