In 1969 Mrs. Edward (Lucy) Carofano donated two 16th-century Venetian majolica jars to St. John’s University. Several years later 49 books followed on apothecary pottery and on history of pharmacology, works that reflect the Carofanos’ special collecting interests. The oldest European book in the group is the 1557 Greek and Latin edition of Theriaca and Alexipharmaca. Americana in this field is represented by a hand-colored copy of Samuel Henry’s A New and Complete American Medical Family Herbal, 1814. The entire collection of some 400 majolica jars and pharmacy-related artifacts came to SJU in March 1987.
A selection of items from the Carofano Collection are featured here. More items will be added soon.
Print materials can be found by searching the main library catalog.