IF COMMUN. (ENGLISH YEW).

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Édouard Hocquart


If commun. (English Yew).

Stipple engraving, printed in color and finished by hand. 1835.
Paper size 12 1/2 x 9" (31.6 x 23 cm).
Good condition.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 90926
Price: $100.00
Publisher : Published by Chez B. Cormon et Blanc, Libraires. Paris.
"Hocquart del et sculp". Plate 150 from PHYTOGRAPHIE MEDICALE ('Medical phytography, a history of powerful substances and poisons from the plant kingdom') by Joseph Roques. (1772-1850). Also known as "Taxus baccata" Due to the vaguely human form of the root and its psychoactive alkaloid compounds, mandrake has been associated since antiquity to beliefs and magical rituals. Hippocrates in the fifth century BC. AD advised "For people sad, sick and want to strangle, do take the morning drink mandrake root at lower dose than it would take to cause delirium" . 18th-19th Century Subjects , Natural History , Botanicals

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