Green, Thomas: The Universal Herbal; or, Botanical, Medical, and Agricultural Dictionary.
Henry Fisher at Caxton Press London 1824
orig. hand col. engravings; paper size approx. 26 x 20 cm; some foxing and browning, occ. some off-set; o/w exc. cond.
‘The Universal Herbal’ contains charmingly hand coloured engravings of medicinal and agricultural plants of which some were copied from originals by famous botanical artists such as Merian, Ehret and Miller. The pineapple, melon, lemon and pepper were copied from Maria Sybilla Merian's ‘Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium’ and the orchid, carnation, papaya, etc., were copied from Philip Miller's ‘Gardener's Dictionary’. Apart from herbal knowledge, the book also contained gardening and cooking information as well as designs for gardens and a conservatory, and 2 plates with garden ornaments.
Though printed in the early 1800s, these prints have a much 'antiquer' and somewhat naive feel to them. They'll look good in a conservatory, a morning or small sitting room or even in a kitchen.