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A Curious Herbal (1737), second title page, by Scottish herbalist Elizabeth Blackwell (c.1700-1758). This work contained 500 illustrations of medicinal plants, and was created by Blackwell to raise money to release her husband from debtor's prison. She used plant specimens from the Chelsea Physic Garden in London. It was an artistic, scientific and commercial enterprise unprecedented for a woman of her time. This page carries a testimonial from the President and governing body of the Royal College of Physicians. Also shown are the arms of the College, with two famous Ancient Greek writers on botany, Theophrastus (left) and Dioscorides (right).
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