The College of Physicians of Philadelphia Digital Library

Cassia marilandica

About This Item

Title

Cassia marilandica

Subject

Plants, Medicinal
Senna Plant
Book Illustrations

Description

Engraved by Annin and Smith from a drawing by Jacob Bigelow(?).
Colored engraving of Cassia marilandica (Senna marilandica) or American Senna (Figure 1) with "The three upper stamens" (Figure 2), "The fourth and fifth ditto" (Figure 3), "The sixth and seventh ditto" (Figure 4), "The three lowest ditto" (Figure 5), and "A legume" (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.pl39

Original Format

1 print : engraving, color

Physical Dimensions

24 x 15 cm

Citation

Annin & Smith and Bigelow, Jacob, 1786-1879, “Cassia marilandica,” The College of Physicians of Philadelphia Digital Library, accessed August 15, 2020, https://www.cppdigitallibrary.org/items/show/120.