1831. Item #86965
STEPHENSON, John A., and John Morss CHURCHILL. MEDICAL BOTANY: OR, ILLUSTRATIONS AND DESCRIPTIONS OF THE MEDICAL PLANTS OF THE LONDON, EDINBURGH, AND DUBLIN PHARMACOPOEIAS; comprising a popular and scientific account of all those poisonous vegetables that are indigenous to Great Britain. Vol. I.[-IV.] London: John Churchill, 1831. Illustrated with 185 numbered, hand-colored plates after G. Spratt, W. Clark, Weddell, G. Reid, and C. M. Curtis, of which there are six double-plates and one folding-plate. Additionally, there is an unnumbered variant of Plate 1, Atropa Belladonna, and a duplicate of plate 18, Digitalis Purpurea, which brings the total number of plates to 187. Four octavo volumes, unpaginated. 23.5 x 14.2 cm. Bound in nineteenth century, three-quarter brown morocco with marbled sides and endpapers, and all edges marbled to match. Ex library, with stamps on title page and the occasional stamp in text. Some plates have library stamps on reverse, but none are defaced. Some light foxing and offset from plates, a bit heavier in volumes 1 and 2. Bindings show light shelfwear along edges. Lower hinge of volume 1 is strengthened. The images are lovely and often dramatic. (Graesse VI, p. 493; Jackson, Guide to the Literature of Botany, p. 201; Nissen 1891; Pritzel 8946; Wellcome V, p. 183. Both Jackson and Pritzel flag it as an especially noteworthy work.).