Materia Medica Liber I. De Plantis secundum Genera, Loca, Nomina, Qualitates, Vires, Differentias, Durationes, Simplicia, Modos, Usus, Synonyma.... digestus.
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Holmiae, L. Salvius, 1749. 8vo (202 x 124mm). pp. (32), 252, with fine engraved frontispiece and 1 engraved folded plate. Contemporary half calf.
Rare first edition of Linnaeus' work on medicinal plants
Rare first edition of Linnaeus' work on medicinal plants. It replaced the 'Stockhom Pharmacopoeia' which Linneaus considered useless for treating ailments, he modernised the list and motivated choises in his 'Materia Medica'. In his botanical garden Linnaeus kept all the important plants that could be cultivated in Sweden as well as many plants he wanted to observe as a botanist. He used his garden to demonstrate medicinal plants and botany to his medical students. Some that could not be cultivated in Sweden he kept as dried powder in a medicine cabinet. This cabinet is still kept at the Linnaeus Museum in Uppsala.
Provenance: Russian Imperial stamp on verso of title.