Culpeper's Complete Herbal, c. 1840
Culpeper's Complete Herbal with Three Hundred and Sixty-Nine Medicines Made of English Herbs, by Nicholas Culpeper
Published in London by Joseph Smith. Undated copy, likely published around 1840.
This book is a beloved classic, and antiquarian copies can be quite scarce! Nicholas Culpeper was a radical in his time, a physician and astrologer who aimed to bring medicine to the masses with his affordable and accessible herbal. He translated medical works from Latin, believing that its use by physicians was a conspiracy to keep power and knowledge out of the hands of the people.
Small copy, measuring about 5 3/4" x 3 3/4". Half leather with marbled boards. Scuffing/rubbing to boards and shelf wear to edges; spine leather is in good condition. Binding is tight and in good condition. Some light staining to pages but most are bright and clean for their age, and plates are clean.