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Pharmacopoea Wirtenbergica, in duas partes divisa. Accedunt syllabus medicamentorum compositorum.Stuttgart, Johann Christoph Erhard, 1754. Folio (31 x 20 cm). With a folding engraved frontispiece, showing the arms of Wurttemberg, several portraits of famous medical figures and a view of the city of Stuttgart. Early 20th-century half calf by Gustaf Hedberg in 18th-century style.
- Blake, p. 350; Kremers & Urdang, History of pharmacy, 4th ed, p.54; WorldCat (5 copies). Revised and expanded third edition of the pharmacopoeia for the Duchy of Wurttemberg. The pharmacopoeia was composed by the ducal physicians Johann Albrecht Gesner (1695-1761) and Johann Wendel Bilfinger (1695-1756) and first appeared in 1741. Earlier, Wurttemberg had used the pharmacopoeia of the city of Augsburg. Traditionally, pharmacopoeias gave nothing more than the official composition of the most frequently prescribed medicines. From the late 16th century onwards, the publications began adding informative sections, combining textbook and formulary. The Pharmacopoeia Wirtenbergica was the epitome of this type of pharmacopoeia and was highly valued for its good descriptions. Revisions appeared frequently, with the dispensatory going through six editions between 1741 and 1789, as medical science changed in the second half of the 18th century. The Wurttemberg dispensatory "was the official book of its time most esteemed and used, even beyond the German frontiers It was one of the most comprehensive pharmacopeias, supplying information about all drugs, new and old." (Kremers & Urdang). With ownership inscriptions. With the binding slightly worn at the extremities, water stains in the upper corner of the first 100 and last 50 pages and some spots in the frontispiece; a very good copy.
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