London: printed by John Darby, for Richard Chiswell, and Robert Clavell, 1669.
1st Edition. Hardcover. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. Very Good. Item #003303
4to (285 x 188 mm). , 283 , 385-545 ,  pp. Text in double column, woodcut initials, head- and tailpieces, lacking initial and final blank leaves. Bound in contemporary plain calf, some minoe blind-ruling of boards, original endpapers (recornered and rebacked preserving most of original spine leather, leather rubbed, wear to extremities). Text browned throughout, scattered spotting and marginal dust-soiling, small burn-hole in leaf C1, worm track in lower blank margin of gatherings Cc-Ee, pp. 492-493 soiled. In all a good copy in original binding. ----
Wing S-898; Duveen, pp. 537-538; Ferguson II, p.344. RARE FIRST AND ONLY ENGLISH EDITION of Schröder's popular Pharmacopoiea Medico-Chymica, a work first published in 1641 and with continued to be published for over a century in several languages. Johann Schröder (1600-1664) was a German physician and pharmacologist and the first person to recognize that arsenic was a chemical element. In 1649, he produced the elemental form of arsenic by heating its oxide, and published two methods for its preparation. In 1635 Schröder moved to Frankfurt am Main, where he was accepted into the 'collegium medicum.' He acquired citizenship and married into the well-respected Fleischbein family. Soon after the establishment, Schröder went public with medical writings. In 1641 he published his main work, the 'Pharmacopoeia medico-chymica sive thesaurus pharmacologicus', in which he coined the term 'pharmacology'. Over the years, Schröder got ahead in Frankfurt's city doctor positions. In 1643 he became 'Physikus Ordinarius Secundus', in 1648 'Primus' and, finally in 1658, 'Physikus primarius' and thus chairman of the Frankfurt 'Collegium sanitatis'. As such, Schröder supervised the city's hospitals, among other things, and was called in as a medical expert in criminal proceedings. He was also responsible for the city's pharmacies. In Schröder's time there were five pharmacies in Frankfurt: Einhorn-, Schwanen-, Engel-, Hirschapotheke and the 'Apotheke zum goldenen Kopf'. (Wikisource) - Visit our website to see more images!
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