Jacob Bigelow's American Medical Botany, 1817-1821: An examination of the origin, printing, ...

Jacob Bigelow's American Medical Botany, 1817-1821: An examination of the origin, printing, binding and distribution of America's first color plate book. With special emphasis on the manner of making and printing its colored plates.

BIGELOW, Jacob 1787-1879] WOLFE, Richard J.:

Published by North Hills (Penn.): Bird & Bull Press/ Boston: Boston Medical Library, 1979., 1979
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Copy no. 278 of 'approximately' 300. [xii], 13-121 pp, 1 leaf; 2 plates. Original 1/4-leather and patterned boards. Small bookplate on pastedown, else Very Good+. 'Jacob Bigelow's American Medical Botany, published in three volumes between 1817 and 1821 and containing sixty colored plates, occupies a unique place in American book printing and book illustration. Of all the books published in the United States before the mid-nineteenth century introduction of chromolithography, it was the only one to have its plates mechanically printed in color, not colored by hand in the usual manner of the day. Richard J. Wolfe's classic study of this seminal work . . . has made use of Dr. Bigelow's previously unavailable manuscript papers and other previously unknown or little known records to come up with some startling conclusions. His investigations show that Dr. Bigelow's original plan was to have his plates colored by hand by artists. But this plan proved overly ambitious and the project faced failure. So, he and those working with him invented a method of printing the book's plates on stone in a simple manner that prefigured and predated chromolithography by about two decades, thus enabling him to bring his projected work to a successful conclusion. Wolfe's investigation of the origin, printing, binding, and distribution through subscription of this signal work also constitutes an important case study of the production, from conception to completion, of a significant book of that early period.' 'The two illustrations mounted into this study comprise original, engraved plates--one hand-colored and one left uncolored--which Jacob Bigelow had made up when he initially intended to illustrate his edition in the usual, hand-colored way. As this study shows, the burdensome aspects of this method led him and his cohorts to invent a mechanical method of printing the plates and coloring them concurrently. This resulted in the abandonment of these initial plates, some of which had been colored by artists and some left untouched. These surplus plates, amounting to several thousand, came into the Boston Medical Library in 1927. . . and it was deemed desirable to mount two of them--a colored and an uncolored specimen--into each copy of this edition' (p. ix). Bookseller Inventory # 23729

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Title: Jacob Bigelow's American Medical Botany, ...

Publisher: North Hills (Penn.): Bird & Bull Press/ Boston: Boston Medical Library, 1979.

Publication Date: 1979

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: 1st Edition

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