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Manuscript pharmacopoeia
PIJPEN, Hendrik vander. [Manuscript pharmacopeia in Latin and Dutch]. [Dordrecht?, ca. 1675]. 8vo. Manuscript in dark brown ink on a single stock of laid paper, in a legible Latin hand with some gothic elements. With the name Hendrik vander Pijpen written on the paste-down, in the same hand as the text of the manuscript. The double-page openings numbered (each with a single number in both upper corners). Contemporary vellum, two brass fastenings (one anchor plate broken, with the clasp present but detached). Dutch manuscript pharmacopoeia in Latin and Dutch from ca. 1675 by Hendrik vander Pijpen, with about 900 medicinal recipes. Vander Pijpen appears to be a Dordrecht name, with several Hendriks in the family, including a lumber or timber merchant (1635-1676). The author must have been a practicing pharmacologist and physician, for he occasionally refers to recipes of his own and also relates his experiences of the effects of certain medicines on his patients. At least twice he refers to Dutch colleagues, making the manuscript a primary source for unknown or little-known figures in the trade: Ary Jansen vande Vaerde, appointed poxmaster of the city Delft in 1660 and the pharmacologist Mr. Wilm van Liewaerde.
The book opens with dictionaries of pharmaceutical symbols and abbreviations, symbols and abbreviations of measurements and pharmacological terms (especially the Dutch meaning of Latin terms). The pharmacopoeia gives the ingredients and recipes primarily in Latin, while most of the detailed explanations of the effects and the administering of medication are in Dutch. The first part is alphabetical by the name of the medicine, followed with composite medicines.
Very well preserved manuscript, with only a few occasional spots and in very good condition. The binding has a couple tiny smudges and one of the clasps is detached, otherwise also very good. An extensive Dutch manuscript pharmacopoeia with about 900 recipes, probably compiled in Dordrecht ca. 1675.
Author not in Hirsch; Schelenz; Stoeder; Vandewiele; Wittop Koning.
Exhibitor: Amsterdam Bookfair

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