Book launch: The Illustrated College Herbal, Plants from the Pharmacopoea Londinensis of 1618

When and where

11 May 2018
Royal College of Physicans, 11 St Andrews Place, Regents Park, London, NW1 4LE

Past event

Book launch: The Illustrated College Herbal, Plants from the Pharmacopoea Londinensis of 1618

A stunning tribute to our past and present, The Illustrated College Herbal features paintings and late medieval woodcuts of nearly 200 plants from the Pharmacopoea Londinensis beds in the RCP’s Medicinal Garden.

Authors Jane Knowles, Henry Oakeley and Gillian Barlow pay tribute to Britain’s first pharmacopoeia, breathing new life into the history of medical botany with beautiful artwork from dozens of distinguished artists.

With this book, the gardeners and the garden fellows of the Medicinal Garden of the Royal College of Physicians of London celebrate our 500th anniversary and the 400th anniversary of the publication of the Pharmacopoea (sic) Londinensis by the college. This was produced to provide the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries, newly formed in November 1617, with a single, simple standard for the formulation of medicines, rather than the plethora of different pharmacopoeias then available.

A full description can be downloaded below by  clicking on 'programme download'.

Copies of the book can be purchased at the book launch or ordered via email at garden@rcplondon.ac.uk (please put ‘Illustrated College Herbal’ in the subject line, and your address in the text of the email) or publications@rcplondon.ac.uk. for £20 + p&p.

The event includes access to an exhibition of images in our Dorchester Library, refreshments and a book signing by the authors

  • 3-5.30pm - Afternoon session - Exhibition, teas and garden tours
  • 6-8pm - Evening session - Exhibition with drinks reception

You are welcome to attend both sessions, please indicate when booking if you will be attending one or both sessions (this will be under the rate drop down menu on the booking page)

Programme

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RCP 500