JAGGAR, Charles H. PHARMACEUTICAL FORMULARY, CIRCA 1879-1883. A commercial ledger (octavo format, 22 x 14 cm) comprised of 24 alphabetically tabbed index leaves, upon which are hand-written the names of prescriptions and the corresponding page number where each formula can be found, followed by 264 numbered pages with the corresponding formulas and recipes that are listed in the index. The pages are densely filled with hand-written recipes, as are the pastedowns and flyleaves with advertisements for commercially prepared medicines and printed directions for making others, clipped from various (unidentified) sources, as well as having several small slips with formulas loosely laid-in here and there. Written on the second fly-leaf at the beginning is "Charles H. Jaggar, Private Formulas." According to the Historic Nantucket Association, Jaggar operated Jaggar's Drug and Chemical Store on Main Street on Nantucket from 1868-1872. The 1879 and 1883 dates cited above are from a printed sheet of postal information clipped from an 1879 almanac and a printed list of "rates of commission charged for money order" which is hand dated 1883. For more information about Jaggar's Drug and Chemical Store, see "What Was Good for What Ailed You: Curatives and Remedies in the 1800s," by Susan Kirp Hochwald, in the Historic Nantucket, Vol. 47, No. 4 (Fall 1988), p. 15-19. The exterior of the book is quite worn. The backstrip is missing; and at some point the original leather boards were covered with brown linen cloth, which is now worn at the edges on the upper board and pulling away on the lower board. The interior is slightly shaken, but sound overall and intact, and clean. An interesting window into a nineteenth-century American pharmacy and, indirectly, upon the ailments of Nantucket islanders.
$1500.00