About This Item
Engraved by Annin and Smith from a drawing by Jacob Bigelow(?).
Colored engraving of Laurus sassafras or Sassafras Tree (Figure 1) with "A stamen magnified" (Figure 2), "Pistil, ditto" (Figure 3), and "Fruit" (Figure 4).
Annin & Smith
Bigelow, Jacob, 1786-1879
Original image in: Bigelow, Jacob, 1786-1879. American Medical Botany (Boston: Cummings and Hilliard, 1817-1820). Qx 116 (Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia)
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.
Digitized by the Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
1 print : engraving, color
24 x 11 cm
Annin & Smith and Bigelow, Jacob, 1786-1879, “Laurus sassafras,” The College of Physicians of Philadelphia Digital Library, accessed August 15, 2020, https://www.cppdigitallibrary.org/items/show/116.