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MILLSPAUGH, CHARLES F.  

Medicinal Plants an Illustrated and Descriptive Guide to plants indigenous to and naturalized in the United States which are used in medicine... 
Philadelphia: John C. Yorston & Co., 1892.  Two vols., pp. [xv] +
[blank] + [plates 1-99 and text]; [ii] + [plates 100-180 and text] +
[75] (Appendix); newly rebound in half forest green morocco gilt and
green silk covered boards; five raised bands; red morocco gilt spine
labels; gilt compartments; marbled edges and new marbled endpapers;
clean plates and text with only scattered and infrequent corner creases
to leaves; fine copy.  First edition. Illustrated with 180 color plates
from lithographs, including the much-desired folded plate showing
Cannibis Sativa. Originally issued in 60 parts with 60 plates each in
1884-87, here reissued in two bound volumes. Bennett ("American
Color-plate Books," p. 78) calls this "the outstanding Homeopathic
Materia Medica"--each entry includes the order, tribe, and genus of each
plant (with notes on the derivation of names), along with the name of
the botanist who first classified it and any variant names it has been
given; a description of the plant; notes on the origin, geographical
distribution, and history, along with a full description of the uses of
the plant for medicinal purposes, "from the earliest known period,
according to the Aborigines, and all schools of practical medicine";
mention of the part used and various preparations in use in general
pharmacopoeias; the chemical constituents; the physiological action of
each plant. There is also a glossary of botanical names, a bibliography
and bibliographical index, a general index, and therapeutic index, and
an index of common names of the plants both in French and German.
Millspaugh's work attracted much attention upon its publication, and he
was asked to serve as the department head in botany at West Virginia
University in 1891. He later served as curator of botany at the Field
Museum in Chicago until his death in 1923.

 

 

 

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