The College of Physicians of Philadelphia Digital Library

Veratrum viride

About This Item

Title

Veratrum viride

Subject

Plants, Medicinal
Plants, Toxic
Veratrum
Book Illustrations

Description

Engraved by Annin and Smith from a drawing by Jacob Bigelow(?).
Colored engraving of leaf and flowers of Veratrum viride or American Hellebore (Figure 1) with a "Petal magnified" (Figure 2), "Stamens" (Figure 3), "Pistils" (Figure 4), Capsule (Figure 5), "Section of the capsule, showing the seeds (Figure 6), and "A seed" (Figure 7).

Creator

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.pl33

Original Format

1 print : engraving, color

Physical Dimensions

24 x 15 cm

Citation

Annin & Smith and Bigelow, Jacob, 1786-1879, “Veratrum viride,” The College of Physicians of Philadelphia Digital Library, accessed October 29, 2020, https://www.cppdigitallibrary.org/items/show/114.