Crosby’s Improved Edition. The English Physician, Enlarged With Three Hundred And Sixty-nine Medicines Made Of English Herbs, Not In Any Former Impression Of Culpeper’s British Herbal,.


Bound in later blue half cloth, gilt. with red and gilt herb morocco label attached to spine. Original paper wrappers bound inside. Pages irregularly cut with deckle edges. Some browning, spotting and lower edge stains and tear, p.51-2, affecting text, but not its legibility.





Printed by J. and E. Hodson, Cross-street, Hatton-Garden; For B. Crosby and Co. Stationer's Court, Paternoster Row, London. Price on Fine Paper, with coloured plates, 7s. 6d. boards. On small paper, with plain plates, 5s. bound.,




Containing an astro-physical discourse on the various herbs of this nation, and also a complete method of physic, whereby man may preserve his body in health, or cure himself when sick, with such remedies only as grow in england, being the best adapted for english constitutions: illustrated with correct copper plates of the most useful and remarkable plants; to which is added the family physician, and a present for the ladies, containing the best remedies for every disease incident to the human body. by dr. parkins, author of the holy temple of wisdom, etc.

Item Description

12mo. 5 x 8.25 inches.frontis. + xxii + [ii] + 389 pp. + [7] pp. Pages in B signature bound in incorrect order but all are present. Illustrated with [8] hand-coloured engraved plates, including frontispiece and remainder of plates bound at end. With indexes at beginning and end.


A new edition of the famous 'herbal' by Nicholas Culpeper (1616-54), first published in 1653, illustrated by over one hundred small engravings on eight hand-coloured plates At the end there are several additions by the editor, Dr Parkins, including 'A curious figure of the heavens,' demonstrating the astrological principles underlying the herbal treatment of a distressed lady in 1807. This is followed by the two extra sections advertised on the title page, The Family Physician (remedies) and A Present for the Ladies (a short selection of recipes). Another edition appeared in 1814, Little is known of 'Dr' John Parkins of Little Gonerby, near Grantham other than his other writings which include The Book of Miracles, The Cabinet of Wealth and The Universal Fortune-teller. In a book, pubilshed in 1819, entitled Ecce Homo, Parkins is attacked as someone 'who impiously styles himself Grand Ambassador of Heaven.' An illustrated early nineteenth century version of Culpeper, which is scarce in this 1809 edition, COPAC recording only one copy in the Wellcome Library.

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