Boston: Cummings and Hillard, 1817.
First Edition. Hardcover (Full Leather). Very Good Condition. Item #044454
Three volumes in one bound in contemporary paneled calf with an embossed eagle motif. Wear at corners and spine ends with a bit of loss to leather, rehinged with inner joint strengthened with cloth. Old Yale library plate with a note that it was purchased from Yale as a duplicate in 1882. Modest foxing to text and plates, heavier in spots, fairly clean overall. 60 engraved plates colored a la poupee, some finished by hand. In addition to being the first proper US botanical book, Bigelow's Botany is the first US book printed in color. Remarkably, two decades before the invention of chromolithography, a method for printing in color was invented to print the plates for American Medical Botany. Sabin 5294
xi, , 18-197, , -197, ; xvi [i.e. xiv], 15-199, ; x, 11-193, . Pp. -198 of volume three bound at the end of volume one. Size: Quarto (4to). Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 2-3 kilos. Category: Science & Technology; Botany; Americana. Inventory No: 044454.