Thornton, Robert John


A New Family Herbal, or, Popular Account of the Natures and Properties of the Various Plants Used in Medicine, Diet and the Arts.

The plants drawn from nature by Henderson and engraved on wood by Thomas Bewick. London: Printed for Richard Phillips (Printed by Richard Taylor & Co.), 1810. With 261 wood engravings of various plants. Publisher's ads [1] p. at end. First edition--Cf. Johnston, S. H. Cleveland coll. Includes index. References: Johnston, S. H. Cleveland coll. 745.

While this herbal was published later than all others featured in this collection, it is noteworthy because it represents Thomas Bewick's only attempt at botanical wood engravings. Included are 261 woodcuts by the foremost woodcut artist of his day based on the originals by Peter Charles Henderson. This is the first edition of these cuts by Bewick; the illustrations were the reason for this book's excellent sales record. The text is a straightforward and useful medicinal herbal by Dr. Thornton, who was a physician and medical writer of importance in his day. The section on Foxglove, from which digitalis is made, is the longest in the book.

Subjects: Botany; Medicine; Medicinal herbs.


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