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    William Withering. An Account of the Foxglove. And some of its medicinal uses... Birmingham: Printed by M. Swinney, 1785. First edition. Octavo. title, xx, [2], 207, [1] pages; lacking half-title. Large, hand-colored folding frontispiece plate of a foxglove plant and physical parts; split along three folds and paper loss along gutter but not affecting image, minor foxing. Contemporary full tree calf, black leather spine label lettered in gilt. Both boards detached but present, corners bumped and rubbed, spine chipped and worn with losses, moderate edgewear with losses. White endpapers; library bookplate and pencil notations to front pastedown, some offsetting, free endpapers detached but present. Internally generally clean, all edges trimmed; minor foxing, some offsetting, minor pencil notations to back of text block. Very good despite binding with a particularly bright and stunning plate.

    Though foxglove was already a widely used folk remedy, Withering's text was the first to establish and record correct dosages and physiological effects.

    ESTC T55002; Garrison-Morton 1836; Norman (online) 8650.

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