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Vegetable Materia Medica of the United States; or Medical Botany

BARTON, William P.C.

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BARTON, William P.C. Vegetable Materia Medica of the United States; or Medical Botany: Containing A Botanical, General, and Medical History, of Medicinal Plants Indigenous to the United States. Philadelphia: Mathew Carey, 1817-1818. Two volumes. 273pp. plus errata leaf; xvi,[9],-243pp. plus fifty handcolored engraved plates by Barton. Quarto. Original drab paper boards, rebacked. Some light wear and soiling to boards. Contemporary bookplate and ownership signature on front endpapers. Some light foxing. Very good. A large, untrimmed copy. [WITH:] BARTON, William Paul Crillon. A Flora of North America. Illustrated by Coloured Figures, drawn from Nature. Philadelphia: M. Carey & Sons (Vol. I); H.C. Carey & I. Lea (Vols. II & III), 1821-1823. Three volumes. xix, [5] 138; x, 107; vii, [1], 100pp. plus 106 handcolored engraved plates (two folding), including some partially printed in colors and finished by hand, from drawings by the author. Quarto. Contemporary drab boards, neatly rebacked. Very good. A large, untrimmed copy. A large, untrimmed copy of this important work of Vegetable Materia Medica. William P.C. Barton was the most important American botanist of his day, although a surgeon in the United States Navy throughout his career. He describes his plan for the present work in his "preliminary observations" (VOl. I, p.xiv.): "The author of the following pages has undertaken the task of drawing and describing all the important plants of a medicinal character, native to the United States, which are known; and also of figuring and describing many never before noticed for medical properties. In all the drawings.the greatest accuracy will be studied; and with a view to render the work as correct as possible, the author encounters the laborious task of colouring all the plates with his own hand. Since faithful colouring is nearly as important in a work of this nature, as correct drawings, he trusts that the usefulness of the undertaking will be enhanced by this part of his labour. The nephew of Benjamin Smith Barton, he was appointed naval surgeon in 1809 and remained on the Navy's list throughout his life (he was buried with full military honors in Philadelphia in 1856.) "In 1815 Barton was chosen professor of botany at the Univers. Bookseller Inventory # 62687

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