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The facsimile now makes available that rare and almost forgotten first First Edition of the London Pharmacopeia, published by the Royal College of Physicians on May 7, 1618. The book was almost immediately withdrawn from circulation, however, and was replaced on December 7 of the same year by a revised and enlarged edition which was to be recognized as the "First" by dictum, remaining in use as the official guide of physicians and apothecaries until the second was issued in 1650. While formularies had previously appeared on the continent, this was the first Anglo-Saxon attempt, and its effect was in general more far reaching than others had been, becoming the forerunner of other editions of the London Pharmacopeia and finally of our own United States Pharmacopeia.
Of no less interest to having this rare volume made available is the historical review which takes up most of the first hundred pages.
Pharmacopoeia Londinensis of 1618, Reproduced in Facsimile, with a Historical Introduction. JAMA. 1946;130(15):1053. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870150071031