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A Curious Herbal (1737), title page. This work was by Scottish herbalist Elizabeth Blackwell (c.1700-1758). It contained 500 illustrations of medicinal plants, and was created by Blackwell to raise money to pay her husband's debts and release him from debtor's prison. She drew, engraved, and coloured the illustrations, mostly using plant specimens from the Chelsea Physic Garden in London. It was an artistic, scientific and commercial enterprise unprecedented for a woman of her time. The page opposite this one (see C023/3440) carries a testimonial from the President and governing body of the Royal College of Physicians.
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