Herbarium Blackwellianum.

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Vermehrtes und verbessertes Blackwellisches Kräuter-Buch das ist Elisabeth Blackwell Sammlung der Gewächse die zum Arzney-Gebrauch in den Apothecken aufbehalten werden deren Beschreibung und Kräfften aus dem Englischen übersetzt ... Mit einer Vorrede ... Herrn D. Christoph Jacob Trews. Verlegt gemahlet und in Kupfer gestochen von Nicolaus Friederich Eisenberger. Nürnberg, C. de Launoy (Vol. I) 1757 & (Vols. 2-6) 1754-1773. 6 volumes, bound in 2. Folio (365 x 245mm). With 6 handcoloured engraved frontispieces, heightened with gold, and 615 fine handcoloured engraved plates. Contemporary calf, richly gilt ornamented spines in 7 compartments with 2 gilt lettered labels.

the most important and comprehensive early German work on medical plants

A fine uniformly bound copy of the most important and comprehensive early German work on medical plants. The 'Herbarium Blackwellianum' is an enlarged edition of Elizabeth Blackwell's "A Curious Herbal", a work which she undertook to get her husband out of prison. She succeeded in freeing her husband, although to no avail, he was later beheaded for his part in a political assassination plot.
The text, which is both in German and Latin was completely enlarged and revised by C.J Trew, a Nürnberg doctor and celebrated patron of botanical art and artists (the best known of his protégés being Ehret). In this German edition the Linnaean nomenclature is followed and the plates were re-engraved by N.F. Eisenberger, who was 'among the best artists of Nürnberg engaged in the illustration of works on natural history' (Nissen, Herbals, p. 76). He added 115 extra plates and embellished Blackwell's original plates with details of flower parts and fruits. The first volume is a second issue. A few plates with some staining at the upper margin.

Nissen BBI, 169; Great Flower Books 50; Ludwig, H. Nürnberger naturgeschichtliche Malerei im 17. und 18. Jahrhundert pp. 326-7.