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Samuel Stearns
The American Herbal, or Materia Medica: Wherein the Virtues of the Mineral, Vegetable, and Animal Productions of North and South America Are Laid Open, So Far as They Are Known, and Their Uses in the Practice of Physic and Surgery Exhibited.
Thomas & Thomas, Walpole. Walpole: Printed by David Carlisle for Thomas & Thomas, 1801. First Edition. 12mo; 360 pp. Contemporary calf with black title card in gilt lettering to spine. Speckled page edges.Boards rubbed and worn along edges, corners, and surface, with a few divots to leather and general soiling and smudging. Tugged and frayed at head of spine. Covers open easily but binding is secure. Alphabet, ownership name, and penmanship-practice-repeated "Samuel" in a student's enthusiastic hand on endpapers, though interior is unmarked. Some distress along edges of front free endpaper, with a short, clean tear along gutter at bottom. Pages toned with some occasional foxing. Binding is sound. Morton notes "The first herbal both produced and printed in the United States, as opposed to those which were reprints of European works. Includes information on native American remedies." Born in Massachusetts, Stearns was a doctor, astronomer, and publisher, who along with this first herbal also published America's first Nautical Almanack in 1782. A British loyalist, Stearns was regularly harassed and a few times jailed for possibly-concocted crimes, fleeing for a time to Britain then travelling through Europe before returning to the States in 1791. His Herbal was meant to be part of a larger North American Medical Dispensatory on which he worked for 28 years but died before completing. [Garrison-Morton 1832.2, Howes S-911, Meisel III-362. Sabin 90959]. [Attributes: First Edition]
Bookseller: Capitol Hill Books [Washington, DC, U.S.A.]
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