Boston. 1822. 424pp. Contemporary calf, gilt morocco label. Bookplate on front pastedown, ink ownership stamp of "James C. Boynton M.D." on front free endpaper. Early ink notes on endpapers, and neat, scattered early ink marginalia in text. Even tanning, some light stains. Good. Item #WRCAM34988
The first "Pharmacopoeia of the United States" was issued under the supervision of Lyman Spalding in 1820, and Bigelow was largely instrumental in its publication. In the present work Bigelow gives the origin, qualities, and medical uses of hundreds of plants, vegetables, herbs, etc., which were included in the earlier work. Jacob Bigelow, a physician, was one of the most prominent practitioners of American medical botany of his day. He studied under Benjamin Smith Barton, the leading botanist of his day, before himself becoming a professor of materia medica at Harvard in 1815. "Bigelow's vision insured that the whole United States would have a single unified materia medica" - Lilly catalogue. NOTABLE MEDICAL BOOKS FROM THE LILLY LIBRARY, p.175. CORDASCO 20-0074. AMERICAN IMPRINTS 8060.