Property from the Speed Art Museum, sold to benefit the acquisitions fund
RAFINESQUE, Constantine Samuel (1783-1840). Medical Flora; or Manual of the Medical Botany of the United States of North America. Philadelphia: Samuel C. Atkinson, 1828-1830.
2 volumes, 12o (179 x 105 mm). 100 plates printed in green ink, on varying sheet sizes. (Overall spotting and browning). Publisher's cloth (volume one backstrip detached and laid in, some browning, chipping and staining). Provenance: Miss Allisonia Peter (bookplate of the J. B. Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky, recording the gift of Miss Peter, 1930); J. B. Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky (white manuscript shelf marks on spines, penciled shelf numbers on verso of title).
FIRST EDITION. "Beginning in 1818, with his 2,000-mile tour to the west of the Alleghenies, Rafinesque made important botanical explorations, mostly on foot, as far as Kentucky and Illinois" (DSB). In this work, of which a projected third volume was never published, Rafinesque attempted to provide a comprehensive guide of native flora for the use of American doctors and pharmacists. Garrison-Morton 1849; Sabin 67457; Stafleu & Cowan TL2 8579; Norman 1774. (2)