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A New Family Herbal or Popular Account of the Natures and Properties of the Various Plants used in Medicine, Diet, and the Arts - Thomas Bewick Engravings
London: Richard Phillips, 1810. First edition. Leather_bound. Very Good +. Thornton, Robert John; Thomas Bewick, engraver. A New Family Herbal or Popular Account of the Natures and Properties of the Various Plants used in Medicine, Diet, and the Arts. London: Printed for Richard Phillips, 1810. Half-leather, 15 by 23.2 cm, xvi 901 pp. plus three pages of ads. Rebound with hand-marbled paper over calf spine and corners with leather spine label ("A New Family Herbal ?" Bewick") and gilt spine titles and decorations. Lacks original endpapers, but otherwise complete with half-title, title, etc. Each entry includes an illustration "drawn from nature, by Henderson, and engraved on wood, by Thomas Bewick." Binding is fine. Light foxing throughout the textblock with a few light dampstains here and there. Thumb-sized chip missing from the bottom, gutter-edge of the title page. With a content table of common names, this herbal relates the description, history and medical virtues of over two hundred species. Descriptions of some plants, for instance the Common Cinquefoil (which is a weak astringent) are only a page in length including the engraved illustration, while other plants are covered in much more detail ?" the White Poppy stretches to twenty-six pages; "The action of opium on the living system has been the subject of the keenest controversy..." A stunning volume of practical information illustrated by the master of wood engraving and author of A History of British Birds.
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