Elizabeth Blackwell (fl. 1737).
A curious herbal containing 500 cuts, of the most useful plants, which are now used in the practice of physick. Engraved on folio copper plates, after drawings taken from the life.
2 v. London: Printed for John Nourse [1737-1739].
In order to extricate herself and her husband from debt, Elizabeth Blackwell drew, engraved/etched, and hand-colored all the 500 plates comprising this work. Even the text (by her husband?) was engraved. In this undertaking Elizabeth Blackwell received much encouragement from both the Royal College of Physicians and the Company of Apothecaries, and many of the drawings were based on specimens in the Chelsea Physic Garden, near her home. The work was dedicated to Isaac Rand
, whose index to the plants of the Chelsea garden is also exhibited in this section.