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American medical botany: being a collection of the native medicinal plants of the United States, containing their botanical history and chemical analysis, and properties and uses in medicine, diet and the arts, with coloured engravings

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Description
According to Bernard McTigue, the late former Curator of the Arents Collection and Keeper of Rare Books at New York Public Library, this work by Harvard University professor Jacob Bigelow was the first American book to be published with the plates printed in color. McTigue also considers the images very strong and arresting. The poisonous Datura Stamonium is the first plant illustrated in the book. It is probably given pride of place in an American herbal because in 1676 a group of Royalist soldiers sent to Jamestown to quell a colonial rebellion were poisoned after consuming a stew cooked with the leaves. One of its many common names, "Jimson weed," recalls that episode.
Names
Bigelow, Jacob, 1786-1879 (Artist)
Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1817 - 1820
Place: Boston
Publisher: Published by Cummings and Hilliard at the Boston Bookstore, [Printed by] University Press (Hilliard and Metcalf)
Library locations
Rare Book Division
Shelf locator: *KF 1817 80-284
Topics
Flowers
Botany, Medical -- United States
Plants -- United States
Medicinal plants
Genres
Prints
Botanical illustrations
Illustrations
Physical Description
Engravings
Extent: 3 v. 60 col. plates. 28 cm.
Type of Resource
Still image
Identifiers
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b10726016
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): e9a8b6e0-c6d3-012f-28b7-3c075448cc4b
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