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Aletris farinosa

About This Item

Title

Aletris farinosa

Subject

Plants, Medicinal
Liliaceae
Book Illustrations

Description

Possibly engraved by W. B. Annin or Annin and Smith from a drawing by Jacob Bigelow(?).
Colored engraving of Aletris farinosa or Star Grass (Figure 1) with "Corolla opened to shew the insertion of the stamens" (Figure 2), "Stamen magnified" (Figure 3), and "Pistil magnified" (Figure 4).

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.pl50

Original Format

1 print : engraving, color

Physical Dimensions

22 x 15 cm

Citation

Annin, William B., 1791?-1839, Annin & Smith, and Bigelow, Jacob, 1786-1879, “Aletris farinosa,” The College of Physicians of Philadelphia Digital Library, accessed October 25, 2020, https://www.cppdigitallibrary.org/items/show/131.