AS TRUE AS THE BARNACLE TREE - Smith, 1st Ltd Ed, 1939 - HERBALISM HERB LORE
AS TRUE AS THE BARNACLE TREE WHEREIN SOME TALES FROM THE OLD HERBALS ARE RELATED, WITH A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF INDIAN, QUAKER, AND SHAKER USES OF BENEFICIAL PLANTS
Book Details + Condition: Hervey White / Maverick Press (Woodstock, NY). First and Limited Edition, 1939. 47 pages. Softcover. 5.5" x 7.75". The work was printed on one of the final runs at Hervey White’s Maverick Press in Woodstock. The frontispiece block print of AMS in her herb garden, by Woodstock artists Maud and Miska Petersham, was used for many years by The Herb Quarterly.“The use of herbs is an ancient practice,” writes Ms. Smith in the opening line of this charming book. Smith, a nationally known herbalist, provides the reader with a brief history of herbalism, interleaving her text with excerpts from such ancient herbals as John Gerard’s The Herball or General History of Plantes, Peter Treveris’s Grete Herball and Nicholas Culpeper’s Complete Herbal. Next are chapters on Native American, Quaker and Shaker herbal legends and usage - as well as a discussion of herb lore in Woodstock. She finishes with a suggested plan for a herb garden, followed by properties of selected plants, and recipes using some of her favorite herbs. Light shelf wear to soft covers; interior is clean and free of markings.