Elizabeth Blackwell - 1739 First Edition - Noble Liverwort


An exceptionally fine engraving with original hand-coloring from the first edition of A CURIOUS HERBAL - drawn, engraved and painted by Elizabeth Blackwell.  Published in London, c. 1739.

This is Plate 207, Noble Liverwort (Hepatica nobilis)Hepatica nobilis or Anemone americana is a herbaceous perennial in the buttercup family (Ranunculaceae). It is native to the eastern United States and to central and eastern Canada. In cultivation, this plant has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

These 18th century herbals are from one of the first English botanical series to be issued with hand-colored plates. Published by Elizabeth Blackwell to free her physician husband from debtor’s prison.  Due to the great success and popularity of this enterprise, her husband was indeed released (however he was later beheaded for his part in a political plot to alter the Swedish royal succession).

Plate size is approximately 11 7/8 x 7 7/8 inches.

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  • Inventory# B-198