London, England: Printed for Richard Phillips, Bridge-Street, Blackfriars, 1810. Thomas Bewick. Leather-bound. Half-leather, 15 x 23.2 cm, xvi 901 pp. plus three pages of advertisements. Rebound with hand-marbled paper over calf spine and corners, with contrasting maroon leather spine label ("A New Family Herbal -- Bewick") and gilt spine titles and decorations. Lacks original endpapers, but otherwise complete with half-title, title, etc. Each entry includes an illustrations "drawn from nature, by Henderson, and engraved on wood, by Thomas Bewick." Light age-tanning throughout, and occasional foxing throughout textblock, but none to obscure. Occasional light dampstains. 1" x 3/4" inch chip missing from bottom corner of half-title page. Table of Contents includes English Name, Latin Name, Class, Order and Page Number. 904 pp.
Describes the history and medical virtues of over two-hundred species. Most plant descriptions are only a page or two in length, but other plants are covered in much greater detail -- the White Poppy stretches to twenty-six pages; "The action of opium on the living system has been the subject of the keenedst controversy...".
A stunning compendium of practical information, illustrated by the widely-acknowledged master of wood engraving and author of History of British Birds. Near Fine. Item #84806