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CULPEPER, Nicholas (1616-1654). Pharmacopoeia Londinensis; or, the London Dispensatory further Adorned by the Studies and Collections of the Fellows now living, of the said College. Boston: John Allen for Nicholas Boone, Daniel Henchman, and John Edwards, 1720.
8o (185 x 110 mm). (Some browning and spotting.) Contemporary American speckled calf, covers panelled in blind; morocco folding case. Provenance: Daniel Mathewson (early ownership inscription on flyleaves).
FIRST AMERICAN EDITION OF "THE FIRST HERBAL PRINTED IN NORTH AMERICA, and the first full-length medical book published in North America" (Garrison-Morton). Its only known predecessors are Thomas Thatcher's broadside entitled, A brief rule to guide the common- people of New England ... in the small pocks or measels (Boston, 1677, i.e. 1678); and an American edition of Culpeper's The English Physician (Boston, 1708), which was the first medical book (94 pp.) printed in North America. The London Dispensatory "enjoyed a wide popularity in the colonies, perhaps because of its Puritan slant and its bias toward the household treatment of illness" (Norman). FINE COPY IN A WELL-PRESERVED CONTEMPORARY BINDING. Austin 591; Evans 2114; Garrison-Morton 1828.2; Norman 542.
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