The illustrated College herbal: plants from the Pharmacopoea Londinensis of 1618
By Jane Knowles, Henry Oakeley and Gillian Barlow
Celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Royal College of Physicians of London and the 400th anniversary of the College’s Pharmacopoea Londinensis – the first pharmacopoeia to be mandatory for a whole country.
This book contains a brief history of the Pharmacopoea Londinensis with 120 specially commissioned paintings and drawings and 77 late medieval woodcuts of plants growing in the Medicinal Garden of the Royal College of Physicians of London which were ingredients in the College’s first Pharmacopoea Londinensis of 1618. Their contemporary uses are given from the publications of Nicholas Culpeper in 1649 and John Parkinson in 1640. The 17th century names of the 634 medicinal plants used in the Pharmacopoea have been painstakingly identified and listed with their modern botanical names – an invaluable resource for all interested in the history of plant-based medicine.