Botanicum Medicinale; an Herbal of Medicinal Plants on the College…

Botanicum Medicinale; an Herbal of Medicinal Plants on the College of Physicians List. Describing their Places of Growth, Roots, Bark, Leaves, buds,Time of Flowering, blossoms, Flowers, Stiles, Chives, Embrio’s. Fruits, Farina, Colour, Seeds, Kernels, Seed-Vessels, Parts used in Medicine, Preparations i9 the Shops, Medicinal Virtues, Names in Nine Languages. Most beautifully Engraved on 120 Large Folio Copper-plates, from the exquiaite Drawings of the late Ingenious T. Sheldrake... Price coloured (Royal - [£] 6 0 0 Small [£] 3 0 0) Plain (3 0 0 [small] 2 2 0.

London: J, Millan, opposite the Admiralty, Whitehall, No date [1759 or 1768]. Letterpress title with index and advertisement on verso (loose, possibly from another copy as it is smaller, c.430 x 260mm.). 111 engraved plates by C.H. Hemerich after Sheldrake only (of 118) on large paper (465 x 290mm.), each with hand-coloured floral roundel with text beneath, numbered by hand in ink in upper right hand corner and with contemporary manuscript index at end (not corresponding to printed index on verso of title). Lacks folding table; title with contemporary ink inscription "Geo. Starbuck Bot. at St.Botolphs' Auction Sept. 29th 1814" at head and another signature of Richard Le Hunte; plates with some light soiling or browning. Contemporary calf, re-backed, very worn, upper cover detached, [Henrey 1312/1313; Nissen BBI 1839], folio (for J. Millan, [?1759 or 1768]. A work rarely found complete and some of the few that have appeared at auction have also contained only 111 plates, and are often lacking the title and the folding plate. The work was issued in parts, and 400 plates were advertised; possibly the last 2 parts were not properly distributed as the work came to a premature end. Henrey states that the plates have numbers partly engraved and partly in manuscript, but in this copy they are all in manuscript.

Book ID: 16416
Tags: Botany
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