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Jusquiame blanche. (Henbane).

  • ARTIST: Édouard Hocquart

  • PUBLISHER: Published by Chez B. Cormom et Blanc, Libraires. Paris.

  • MEDIUM: Stipple engraving, printed in color and finished by hand.

    DATE: 1835.

  • EDITION SIZE: Paper size 12 1/2 x 9" (31.6 x 23 cm).

  • DESCRIPTION: "Hocquart del et sculp". Plate 39 from PHYTOGRAPHIE MEDICALE ('Medical phytography, a history of powerful substances and poisons from the plant kingdom') by Joseph Roques. (1772-1850). Yellow henbane holds a special place as the most commonly used magical and medicinal plant of European antiquity. It was mostly referred to as white henbane in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries before it became known as yellow henbane in the modern era. Without a doubt henbane, particularly this species, was the paramount means in ancient times of inducing a trance-like state. Many oracles and soothsayers made use of it to assist in cultivating prophecies. It was known as the “dragon plant” of Gaia, the ancient earth oracle, the “Zeus bean” of the oracle of Zeus-Ammon of late ancient times and the Roman Jupiter, and the ‘Apollo’s plant” of Delphi. (Keeler, 2009).


  • CONDITION: Good conditon. Some faint toning and one brown spot just to the right of the blossom.