In 1969 Mrs. Edward 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.
Search the Carofano books in the library’s catalog.