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Polygala senega

About This Item

Title

Polygala senega

Subject

Plants, Medicinal
Polygala
Book Illustrations

Description

Possibly engraved by W. B. Annin or Annin and Smith from a drawing by Jacob Bigelow(?).
Colored engraving of Polygala senega or Seneca Snake root (Figure 1) with "A flower magnified" (Figure 2), "Calyx of the same" (Figure 3), "Corolla magnified" (Figure 4), "Capsule" (Figure 5), and "A seed" (Figure 6).

Creator

Annin, William B., 1791?-1839
Annin & Smith
Bigelow, Jacob, 1786-1879

Source

American Medical Botany was intended for the public and offered descriptions of each depicted plant’s botanical history, chemical analysis, and medical uses. It was the only book published in the United States prior to the introduction of chromolithography to have its plates mechanically printed in color. Bigelow initially planned to use hand colored copperplate engravings but, when this proved be too ambitious, turned to aquatint plates printed in colors à la poupée, with some finished by hand.

Publisher

Digitized by the Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

Date

1817

Identifier

Qx_116.pl30

Original Format

1 print : engraving, color

Physical Dimensions

25 x 13 cm

Citation

Annin, William B., 1791?-1839, Annin & Smith, and Bigelow, Jacob, 1786-1879, “Polygala senega,” The College of Physicians of Philadelphia Digital Library, accessed October 26, 2020, https://www.cppdigitallibrary.org/items/show/111.