Autograph Manuscript (Unsigned)

Philadelphia College of Pharmacy

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Founded in 1821 and today operated under the auspice of the University of Pennsylvania, this institution is the first pharmaceutical college in North America. AM (unsigned), 2pp, 6½" X 8½", n.p., n.d. Very good. Slight separations along single horizontal fold. Headed "Library of the Philada College of Pharmacy / Circular," this unsigned essay is a thumbnail history of this institution's library, prepared to be typeset and distributed for collection-building purposes. "More than twenty years ago," it begins, "the College of Pharmacy commenced the formation of a Library for the use of its members and their apprentices, when by the Liberality of some of the early friends of the Institution, and a small appropriation from the College about five hundred volumes were collected; soon after this effort the college procured a lot on Ground rent and erected their present hall on Felbert Street above 7th. This large expenditure has prevented the College from doing any thing more for the library except to bind periodicals taken in exchange for our Journal, until the past Year. we have come to the conclusion that the next most important object to promote the interest of our Profession is the building up of our Library, and extending its usefulness by collecting together every thing we can procure in relation to the early as well as present history of Pharmacy and its colateral branches. we earnestly request from our members and other interested in the prosperity of our useful Institution, such books as they may be willing to spare from their own collections." There's a prescription for success! The ink, paper and handwriting are all consistent with a date roughly 20 years after the founding of the college: circa 1840. Fascinating bit of pharmaceutical and library history. Bookseller Inventory # 15276

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Title: Autograph Manuscript (Unsigned)

Binding: Soft cover

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