Books and cards

The Museum of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society have a number of books and cards available to purchase either via mail order or as part of a visit to the Museum.

Please visit the DVDs, CDs and mousemats page to find out about other products we offer.

To order an item please complete our Museum order form.


Jacob Bell A useful and honourable life

Jacob Bell A useful and honourable life

To mark the 150th anniversary of the death of Jacob Bell, founder of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, an illustrated booklet is available.  Written by Briony Hudson, former Keeper of the Museum Collections, and June Bridgeman of the Friends of Woodbury Park Cemetery, the 28 page booklet explores Victorian health and medicine, Bell’s life, and a detailed account of his final days in Tunbridge Wells.

Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain 1841-1991

S W F Holloway's Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain 1841-1991: a political and social history

This book traces the professional and legislative history of British pharmacy through the years leading up to and since the formation of the Pharmaceutical Society in 1841. The pharmacists' story is set firmly in its social and historical context, giving an illuminating picture of 150 years of medicine and commerce.

The Bruising Apothecary: images of pharmacy and medicine in caricature

The Bruising Apothecary: images of pharmacy and medicine in caricature

This book is a comprehensive, well illustrated catalogue of the Museum's fine collection of 18th and 19th century caricature prints with a medical theme.

Pharmacy history: a pictorial record

Pharmacy history: a pictorial record

This book draws on the Society's archive of some 7,000 historic photographs to include engaging portraits of the founding members, late 19th century views of the Society's "house" at Bloomsbury and a splendidly evocative range of period shops.

Postcards and greetings cards

One of the selection of cards

The Museum has produced an attractive range of 24 postcards and four greetings cards. All the images have been chosen from the Museum's unique collections and every card gives a fascinating glimpse into pharmacy history.

There are sharply satirical 19th century caricatures poking fun at medics and their patients, fine botanical bookplates, beautifully illustrated pages from wholesaler's trade catalogues, photographs of traditional pharmacy shops and workshops and splendid drug storage jars and dispensary tools from the Museum's collections.

The full range of cards may be purchased at the Society's Lambeth HQ.  Please ask at the Reception desk. Postcards are available in sets of 6 priced at just £2 per set, and the A6 sized, blank greetings cards with envelopes, at £6 per set of 4.

 Greetings cards

  • Un Apoticaire with his wife - a elegant 18th century pair
  • two images 'breathing a vein' and 'charming well' from a series by the Rev John Sneyd published 1804 (shown above)
  • The foxglove - beautifully illustrated by 19th century botanist Freidrich Haynes
  • The Christmas rose - also by Haynes

Postcard sets

  • Caricatures - a themed set of 6 postcards poking fun at pharmacists, apothecaries and their patients
  • Pharmacy Equipment and Drugs - Delftware drug jars and dispensing equipment
  • Early Pharmacist - images from the late 18th and 19th centuries
  • Pharmacies and pharmacists in the 20th century

We regret the Museum cannot take orders for individual cards.