Medical flora Botany Botanical book 1828 Phila. by Rafinesque 50 color plant platesBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
[Medicine, North American Plants, Botany, American Publications, Herbs & herbals].
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Medical Flora: Or, Manual of the Medical Botany of the United States of North America, Containing a Selection of Above 100 Figures and Descriptions of Medical Plants, with their Names, Qualities, Properties, History, &c: and Notes or Remarks on Nearly 500 Equivalent Substitutes, by C. S. Rafinesque.
Self-published 1828, Philadelphia by Atkinson & Alexander.
268 pages. 50 tinted botanical plates (of 52).
Period publisher's paper covered boards, untrimmed deckled edges as issued. Front cover detached, binding shaken, signatures loose & separating, plates often with some offsetting.
Rare book in any condition, an early American book with colored plates.
First of a two volume set, book contains plants listed alphabetically A-H. The second volume was issued 2 years later in 1830.
Book measures: 8" H X 4 3/4" W.
Nissen, Botany, 1579.
"Rafinesque's most important work was his Medical Flora. It must be remembered that medical treatment was at that time largely based on vegetable drugs and what Rafinesque sought was to write a medical botany adapted to the needs of the American physician and pharmacist" (Lilly 137).