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Mentha (from A Curious Herbal).
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Mentha (from A Curious Herbal).

By EIGHTEENTH CENTURY hand colored botanical engraving) Blackwell, Elizabeth (illus).

Nuremberg, Germany.: C.J. Trew.. circa 1750 - 1773.. Hand colored engraving, plate size 11 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches on sheet 14 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches. A few faint spots to right edge and two 1/8 inch holes to lower right corner of sheet(all outside plate area), otherwise very good condition. This attractive image of a culinary herb shows the flowering mint plant and botanical details. Plate 290 from "Herbarium Blackwellianum", the revised German edition of Elizabeth Blackwell's "A Curious Herbal" which had been published in London 1731-1739. Mrs. Blackwell had taken on the task of producing an up-to-date illustrated text of medicinal plants for the purpose of extricating her husband from debtor's prison. Producing the original watercolors, engraving the plates and then handcoloring the engravings, Blackwell raised the money to regulate her husband's affairs, but to little avail since he became involved in a political plot in Sweden and was beheaded there in 1747. The images were re-engraved by N.F. Eisenberger for the German edition, which was published between 1750 and 1773. .

$145.00

Salvia minor.  Salvia virtutis (from A Curious Herbal).
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Salvia minor. Salvia virtutis (from A Curious Herbal).

By EIGHTEENTH CENTURY hand colored botanical engraving) Blackwell, Elizabeth (illus).

Nuremberg, Germany.: C.J. Trew.. circa 1750 - 1773.. Hand colored engraving, plate size 12 x 8 inches on sheet 14.5 x 9 inches. Light crease at lower right, otherwise very good condition. Image shows the flowering plant and botanical details. From "Herbarium Blackwellianum", the revised German edition of Elizabeth Blackwell's "A Curious Herbal" which had been published in London 1731-1739. Mrs. Blackwell had taken on the task of producing an up-to-date illustrated text of medicinal plants for the purpose of extricating her husband from debtor's prison. Producing the original watercolors, engraving the plates and then handcoloring the engravings, Blackwell raised the money to regulate her husband's affairs, but to little avail since he became involved in a political plot in Sweden and was beheaded there in 1747. The images were re-engraved by N.F. Eisenberger for the German edition, which was published between 1750 and 1773. .

$125.00

Marum (from A Curious Herbal).
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Marum (from A Curious Herbal).

By EIGHTEENTH CENTURY hand colored botanical engraving) Blackwell, Elizabeth (illus).

London.. circa 1731- 1739.. Hand colored engraving, plate size 12 x 8 inches on sheet 14.5 x 9.5 inches. Very good condition. Conservation matted to 16 x 20 size; decorative matting with marble band and three lines. Image shows the flower and botanical details. From Elizabeth Blackwell's "A Curious Herbal" published in London 1731-1739. Mrs. Blackwell had taken on the task of producing an up-to-date illustrated text of medicinal plants for the purpose of extricating her husband from debtor's prison. Producing the original watercolors, engraving the plates and then handcoloring the engravings, Blackwell raised the money to regulate her husband's affairs, but to little avail since he became involved in a political plot in Sweden and was beheaded there in 1747. .

$125.00

Winter Savory. Satureia durior (from A Curious Herbal).
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Winter Savory. Satureia durior (from A Curious Herbal).

By EIGHTEENTH CENTURY hand colored botanical engraving) Blackwell, Elizabeth (illus).

circa 1731- 1739.. Hand colored engraving, plate size 12 x 8 inches on sheet 14 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches. Faint soiling to lower left margin (outside plate area). Very good condition. Plate 318 from Elizabeth Blackwell's "A Curious Herbal" published in London between 1731 and 1739. The image shows this culinary herb with botanical details. Mrs. Blackwell had taken on the task of producing an up-to-date illustrated text of medicinal plants for the purpose of extricating her husband from debtor's prison. Producing the original watercolors, engraving the plates and then handcoloring the engravings, Blackwell raised the money to regulate her husband's affairs, but to little avail since he became involved in a political plot in Sweden and was beheaded there in 1747. The title was republished in Germany some 20 years later, but the British edition is the first edition, and the only edition with the engraving and coloring done by the artist. The British Library website features illustrations from the copy of this publication that belonged to King George III. .

$145.00

Sweet Marjoram. Majorana (from A Curious Herbal).
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Sweet Marjoram. Majorana (from A Curious Herbal).

By EIGHTEENTH CENTURY hand colored botanical engraving) Blackwell, Elizabeth (illus).

circa 1731- 1739.. Hand colored engraving, plate size 12 x 8 inches on sheet 14 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches. Faint offset to lower right image, 2 pinhole sized spots just under title, a few spots on verso (not affecting image). Very good condition. Plate 319 from Elizabeth Blackwell's "A Curious Herbal" published in London between 1731 and 1739. The image shows the flower with botanical details of the culinary herb marjoram. Mrs. Blackwell had taken on the task of producing an up-to-date illustrated text of medicinal plants for the purpose of extricating her husband from debtor's prison. Producing the original watercolors, engraving the plates and then handcoloring the engravings, Blackwell raised the money to regulate her husband's affairs, but to little avail since he became involved in a political plot in Sweden and was beheaded there in 1747. The title was republished in Germany some 20 years later, but the British edition is the first edition, and the only edition with the engraving and coloring done by the artist. The British Library website features illustrations from the copy of this publication that belonged to King George III. .

$145.00

Calamentha montana (from A Curious Herbal).
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Calamentha montana (from A Curious Herbal).

By EIGHTEENTH CENTURY hand colored botanical engraving) Blackwell, Elizabeth (illus).

Nuremberg, Germany.: C.J. Trew.. circa 1750 - 1773.. Hand colored engraving, plate size 12 x 8 inches on sheet 14.5 x 9 inches. Very light soiling at top right image, otherwise very good condition. Image shows the flowering plant and botanical details. From "Herbarium Blackwellianum", the revised German edition of Elizabeth Blackwell's "A Curious Herbal" which had been published in London 1731-1739. Mrs. Blackwell had taken on the task of producing an up-to-date illustrated text of medicinal plants for the purpose of extricating her husband from debtor's prison. Producing the original watercolors, engraving the plates and then handcoloring the engravings, Blackwell raised the money to regulate her husband's affairs, but to little avail since he became involved in a political plot in Sweden and was beheaded there in 1747. The images were re-engraved by N.F. Eisenberger for the German edition, which was published between 1750 and 1773. .

$135.00

Fumaria (from A Curious Herbal).
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Fumaria (from A Curious Herbal).

By EIGHTEENTH CENTURY hand colored botanical engraving) Blackwell, Elizabeth (illus).

Nuremberg, Germany.: C.J. Trew.. circa 1750 - 1773.. Hand colored engraving, plate size 11.5 x 7.5 inches on sheet 14.5 x 9 inches. Mark at top right corner outside of image area, otherwise very good condition. Image shows the flowering plant and botanical details. From "Herbarium Blackwellianum", the revised German edition of Elizabeth Blackwell's "A Curious Herbal" which had been published in London 1731-1739. Mrs. Blackwell had taken on the task of producing an up-to-date illustrated text of medicinal plants for the purpose of extricating her husband from debtor's prison. Producing the original watercolors, engraving the plates and then handcoloring the engravings, Blackwell raised the money to regulate her husband's affairs, but to little avail since he became involved in a political plot in Sweden and was beheaded there in 1747. The images were re-engraved by N.F. Eisenberger for the German edition, which was published between 1750 and 1773. .

$125.00

Euphorbium verum Antiquorum (from A Curious Herbal).
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Euphorbium verum Antiquorum (from A Curious Herbal).

By EIGHTEENTH CENTURY hand colored engraving) Blackwell, Elizabeth (illus).

Nuremberg, Germany.. circa 1750 - 1773.. Hand colored engraving, plate size 12 x 8 in (31 x 20cm) on sheet 14 x 9 in (36 x 24 cm), very good condition. From "Herbarium Blackwellianum", the revised German edition of Elizabeth Blackwell's "A Curious Herbal" which had been published in London 1731-1739. Mrs. Blackwell had taken on the task of producing an up-to-date illustrated text of medicinal plants for the purpose of extricating her husband from debtor's prison. Producing the original watercolors, engraving the plates and then handcoloring the engravings, Blackwell raised the money to regulate her husband's affairs, but to little avail since he became involved in a political plot in Sweden and was beheaded there in 1747. .

$145.00

Chamaedrys.  Trissago (from A Curious Herbal).
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Chamaedrys. Trissago (from A Curious Herbal).

By EIGHTEENTH CENTURY hand colored botanical engraving) Blackwell, Elizabeth (illus).

Nuremberg, Germany.: C.J. Trew.. circa 1750 - 1773.. Hand colored engraving, plate size 12 x 8 inches on sheet 14.5 x 9 inches. very good condition. Image shows the flowering plant and botanical details. From "Herbarium Blackwellianum", the revised German edition of Elizabeth Blackwell's "A Curious Herbal" which had been published in London 1731-1739. Mrs. Blackwell had taken on the task of producing an up-to-date illustrated text of medicinal plants for the purpose of extricating her husband from debtor's prison. Producing the original watercolors, engraving the plates and then handcoloring the engravings, Blackwell raised the money to regulate her husband's affairs, but to little avail since he became involved in a political plot in Sweden and was beheaded there in 1747. The images were re-engraved by N.F. Eisenberger for the German edition, which was published between 1750 and 1773. .

$125.00

Garden Parsley. Apium hortense or Petroselinum (from A Curious Herbal).
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Garden Parsley. Apium hortense or Petroselinum (from A Curious Herbal).

By EIGHTEENTH CENTURY hand colored botanical engraving) Blackwell, Elizabeth (illus).

circa 1731- 1739.. Hand colored engraving, plate size 12 x 8 inches on sheet 17 3/4 x 11 inches. A few faint foxing marks to lower margin (outside plate area), overall very good condition. Plate 172 from Elizabeth Blackwell's "A Curious Herbal" published in London between 1731 and 1739. A beautifully designed image of the culinary herb garden parsley with roots, leaves and details of the flower. THIS IS FROM THE LARGE PAPER EDITION of this work, a deluxe publication with wide 2 inch margins (since the rag paper used at the time was an expensive commodity, the use of these large sheets was something of an extravagance; in fact the images do look particularly fine in this setting.) Mrs. Blackwell had taken on the task of producing an up-to-date illustrated text of medicinal plants for the purpose of extricating her husband from debtor's prison. Producing the original watercolors, engraving the plates and then handcoloring the engravings, Blackwell raised the money to regulate her husband's affairs, but to little avail since he became involved in a political plot in Sweden and was beheaded there in 1747. The title was republished in Germany some 20 years later, but the British edition is the first edition, and the only edition with the engraving and coloring done by the artist. The British Library website features illustrations from the copy of this publication that belonged to King George III. .

$175.00

Betonica (from A Curious Herbal).
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Betonica (from A Curious Herbal).

By EIGHTEENTH CENTURY hand colored botanical engraving) Blackwell, Elizabeth (illus).

Nuremberg, Germany.: C.J. Trew.. circa 1750 - 1773.. Hand colored engraving, plate size 12 x 8 inches on sheet 14.5 x 9 inches. very good condition. Image shows the flowering plant and botanical details. From "Herbarium Blackwellianum", the revised German edition of Elizabeth Blackwell's "A Curious Herbal" which had been published in London 1731-1739. Mrs. Blackwell had taken on the task of producing an up-to-date illustrated text of medicinal plants for the purpose of extricating her husband from debtor's prison. Producing the original watercolors, engraving the plates and then handcoloring the engravings, Blackwell raised the money to regulate her husband's affairs, but to little avail since he became involved in a political plot in Sweden and was beheaded there in 1747. The images were re-engraved by N.F. Eisenberger for the German edition, which was published between 1750 and 1773. .

$145.00

Tarragon. Dracunculus hortensis (from A Curious Herbal).
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Tarragon. Dracunculus hortensis (from A Curious Herbal).

By EIGHTEENTH CENTURY hand colored botanical engraving) Blackwell, Elizabeth (illus).

circa 1731- 1739.. Hand colored engraving, plate size 12 x 8 inches on sheet 14 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches. A few faint marks to outer margins (outside plate area), pinhole sized spot to upper left image. Very good condition. Plate 116 from Elizabeth Blackwell's "A Curious Herbal" published in London between 1731 and 1739. The image shows the culinary herb tarragon with botanical details. Mrs. Blackwell had taken on the task of producing an up-to-date illustrated text of medicinal plants for the purpose of extricating her husband from debtor's prison. Producing the original watercolors, engraving the plates and then handcoloring the engravings, Blackwell raised the money to regulate her husband's affairs, but to little avail since he became involved in a political plot in Sweden and was beheaded there in 1747. The title was republished in Germany some 20 years later, but the British edition is the first edition, and the only edition with the engraving and coloring done by the artist. The British Library website features illustrations from the copy of this publication that belonged to King George III. .

$135.00

Bruscus Ruscus (from A Curious Herbal).
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Bruscus Ruscus (from A Curious Herbal).

By EIGHTEENTH CENTURY hand colored botanical engraving) Blackwell, Elizabeth (illus).

Nuremberg, Germany.: C.J. Trew.. circa 1750 - 1773.. Hand colored engraving, plate size 12 x 8 inches on sheet 14.5 x 9 inches. Spot in title at lower right, light soiling at top right of image, otherwise good condition. Image shows the plant and botanical details. From "Herbarium Blackwellianum", the revised German edition of Elizabeth Blackwell's "A Curious Herbal" which had been published in London 1731-1739. Mrs. Blackwell had taken on the task of producing an up-to-date illustrated text of medicinal plants for the purpose of extricating her husband from debtor's prison. Producing the original watercolors, engraving the plates and then handcoloring the engravings, Blackwell raised the money to regulate her husband's affairs, but to little avail since he became involved in a political plot in Sweden and was beheaded there in 1747. The images were re-engraved by N.F. Eisenberger for the German edition, which was published between 1750 and 1773. .

$125.00