1801. Item #87829
FIRST AMERICAN HERBAL IN CONTEMPORARY FULL CALF STEARNS, Samuel. 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. Walpole: Printed for David Carlisle, for Thomas & Thomas, and the Author, 1801. First edition. 360 pp. includes list of subscribers (pp 24-36) 12mo. Bound in contemporary calf. Intermittent light foxing and staining. Early signatures of M.R. Lanchton, George J. Foster and Trumbull Donanse. An early American work of medical botany (Howes calls it the first North American herbal and Norman calls it the first herbal both printed and produced in the United States) in original, very good plus condition. A pleasing copy. (Garrison-Morton 1838.2; Austin 1818; Howes S921; Norman 2008; Sabin 90959; Shaw & Shoemaker 1352).