An Illustrated History of the Herbals

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A "herbal" by definition is a book that is descriptive of plants and the term did not come into use until the sixteenth century. The production of herbals is closely connected to the history of early printing and offers the finest examples of this art and craft. However, the earliest records of ancient Egypt, Sumer and China ...

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Overview

This book is a fascinating and beautifully illustrated history of herbal texts throughout the world from ancient cultures through the seventeenth century.

A "herbal" by definition is a book that is descriptive of plants and the term did not come into use until the sixteenth century. The production of herbals is closely connected to the history of early printing and offers the finest examples of this art and craft. However, the earliest records of ancient Egypt, Sumer and China all reflect a tradition of works of botanicals and their medicinal properties long before printing. The author's survey begins with a work called "De materia medica" written in the first century which is still extant and as the final authority on pharmacy for 1500 years is the most important herbal ever written.

The study of herbals offers a rich history of the culture and beliefs from the folklore and science of medieval and classical worlds.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780231083805
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1985
  • Pages: 270

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  • Posted March 1, 2013

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    THe History Lesson was good.

    There wasn't a lot of detailed information that is readable on the Nook. So for me, this was fair for my research. The plates reminded of a cheap, old textbook that ran out of style three decades ago.

    I would have liked to have seen more comparisons with actual images of the plants, rather than just the plates.

    A better mix of plants and herbal remedies, for example would have sufficed. Perhaps if the author had done more research of firs (common trees that are prevalent throughout the world), for example, and how they were used for internal and external uses.

    But...this is what I expect from a self-published book.

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