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Devil's Bit, or Smooth Succisa. Morsus Diaboli, & Succisa. (Scabious)

  • ARTIST: Elizabeth Blackwell

  • MEDIUM: Engraving, hand colored,

    DATE: 1737

  • EDITION SIZE: Sheet 17 3/8 x 11" (442 x 280 mm).

  • DESCRIPTION: Plate 142. From "A Curious Herbal, containing five hundred cuts of the most useful plants which are now used in the practice of Physick....” Drawn from life, engraved and hand colored by Elizabeth Blackwell. After learning that an accurate account on herbals was needed, Blackwell moved closer to the Chelsea Physic Garden in London (founded in 1673 as the Apothecaries' Garden - for the training of apprentices in identifying plants) to observe plants under cultivation. This book illustrates many of the then ‘unknown new world' plants as well as more familiar and was used by physicians as a reference to medicinal plants. <br><br> Devils-bit or succisa pratensis is a member of the honeysuckle family. It was used for a number of different medicinal purposes, including to treat fevers, kill parasites, treat eczema, and to detoxify the body.


  • CONDITION: Good condition.

  • REFERENCE: Dunthorne #42.