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Dirca palustris

About This Item

Title

Dirca palustris

Subject

Plants, Medicinal
Thymelaeaceae
Book Illustrations

Description

Engraved by Annin and Smith from a drawing by Jacob Bigelow(?).
Colored engraving of a branch with leaves of Dirca palustris or Leather Wood (Figure 1) with a "A branch in flower" (Figure 2), "Fruit" (Figure 3), "Germ and style much magnified" (Figure 4), "Magnified corolla, laid open" (Figure 5), and "Flower magnified" (Figure 6).

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.pl37

Original Format

1 print : engraving, color

Physical Dimensions

24 x 15 cm

Citation

Annin & Smith and Bigelow, Jacob, 1786-1879, “Dirca palustris,” The College of Physicians of Philadelphia Digital Library, accessed August 15, 2020, https://www.cppdigitallibrary.org/items/show/118.