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    Rafinesque's Most Important Work, with 100 Plates of American Flora

    C[onstantine] S[amuel] Rafinesque. Medical Flora; or, Manual of the Medical Botany of the United States of North America. Philadelphia: Printed and Published by Atkinson & Alexander [and] Samuel C. Atkinson, 1828, 1830. First edition. Two twelvemo volumes bound into one. Approximately 7 x 4 inches. [4], [xii], 268; 276, [2, blank] pages. With 100 wood-engraved plates of flora, printed in green ink throughout. Complete. Bound in contemporary full brown calf, smooth spine double-ruled in gilt, brown gilt morocco lettering label on spine. Spine and board-edges a bit worn, some creasing to spine, some soiling to binding, text and plates foxed, some plates with margins trimmed a bit close (at bottom or fore-edge). With the contemporary and near-contemporary ownership inscriptions of the Henkel family on the front pastedown, as well as a contemporary ink note ("Newmarket") on the rear pastedown. A good copy of this excellent botany book.

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    Constantine Samuel Rafinesque (1783-1840), the Constantinople-born "eccentric naturalist," (Audubon) was was one of the most active and varied writers of his time, producing many works, his best known being about the flora and fishes of the eastern United States. "Beginning in 1818, with his 2,000-mile tour to the west of the Alleghenies, Rafinesque made important botanical explorations, mostly on foot, as far as Kentucky and Illinois" (DSB). Medical Flora was intended as a reference guide for doctors and pharmacists (he had intended to produce three volumes, but the third was never completed). Many Native American cures and medications appeared in this work for the first time.

    Garrison-Morton 1849. Sabin 67457. Stafleu & Cowan TL2 8579. Norman 1774.

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