Pl. 55 "Lavendula Spica"
A very decorative beautifully engraved and colored botanical from William Woodville’s Medical Botany… The engravings in the series show the close ties between botany and 18th century medicine. They depict plants in the Royal College of Physician’s list of “material medica” at a time when the pharmacopoeia of the day consisted entirely of herbs and plants. Medical Botany... was the predecessor to today's Physician’s Desk Reference. This fine example from the first edition of the work was engraved by James Sowerby (1757-1822) himself a noted scientist, artist and engraver who illustrated some of the most famous late 18th century botanical works.