Distaff Thistle (Atractylis), plate 468, from Elizabeth Blackwell's work entitled "A Curious Herbal, containing five-hundred cuts of the most useful plants which are now used in the practice of physick. Engraved on folio copper plates after drawings taken from the life." Volume 2
Published 1739 in London.
An extremely popular work picturing a large variety of flowers, fruits and shrubs, with original handcoloring by Mrs. Elizabeth Blackwell. Published in 1737-1739 as a way for Elizabeth to bail her husband out of debtor's prison. Plates measure 14.5" x 9/5". These are hand colored engravings. Photocopy of text page and title page included. Condition: Good; some spots and impurities in paper (see enlargements); binding holes; pencil writing beyond platemark bottom right (see enlargement 5); areas of foxing bottom and right side. Please study the enlargements and email for more details. We have many Blackwells, please inquire if you have interest in any particular subject such as kitchen herbs, ferns, nuts, etc.