HERBALS: THEIR ORIGIN AND EVOLUTION, Agnes Arber 1st / 1st 1912, SCARCE BOTANY
HERBALS: THIER ORIGIN AND EVOLUTION: A Chapter in the History of Botany — by Agnes Arber — 1st Edition / 1st Printing, 1912 SCARCE — Herbal Magic Culpepper Botany —Listing of Herbs and their Uses
Publisher: At the University Press, Cambridge (1912)
The boards and binding are solid and tight, with spots of light fading on the front board. The pages are crisp and clean save for first and last blank pages which have some tanning. All text pages are crisp and clean, and free of interior markings save for previous owner's name on the first blank page. A thoroughly fascinating and detailed book on the history of herbals, in a very scarce first edition copy from 1912. 253 pages; illustrated. "Herbals deal primarily with medicinal and culinary herbs, their real and supposed properties and virtues, and in origin they go back at least to the Ancient Greeks. During the 16th and 17th centuries they developed into attractively illustrated printed books, the forerunners of modern botanical and pharmaceutical textbooks. Agnes Arber's Herbals (first published in 1912, much revised in 1938) stands as the major survey of the period 1470 to 1670 when botany evolved into a scientific discipline separate from herbalism, a development reflected in contemporary herbals. Every work on herbals since 1912 has been indebted to Arber's classic." Please see below for more information on Agnes Arber!
English botanist and plant morphologist Agnes Arber (1879-1960) was one of the eminent scientists of her time. She was the first female botanist (and only the third woman overall) to be elected to the Royal Society of London and the first woman to win the Gold Medal of the Linnean Society. The first of her seven books, Herbals: Their Origin and Evolution: A Chapter in the History of Botany: 1470 to 1670 was published in 1912 and quickly became a classic. Arber's scientific work was further distinguished by its inclusion of her artistic, historical, and philosophical interests and sensibilities.