FLÜCKIGER, Friedrich A. & Daniel HANBURY

Pharmacographia. A history of the principal drugs of vegetable origin, met with in Great Britain and British India.

London: Macmillan and Co… 1874

8vo, pp. xv, (v), 704. Contemporary green half morocco, spine with gilt bands and lettering, marbled endpapers, gilt edges. Slight cracking to surface of upper joint, but a handsome copy. Presentation copy, inscribed on the verso of the half-title: “Robert Hart, Inspector General of H.?.M. Customs Peking, with kind regards from Thomas Hanbury, Addiscombe, Croydon, November 1874.”

FIRST EDITION. G&M 2032. Hanbury had published Notes on Chinese materia medica two years earlier. “In 1874 he published Pharmacographia, a joint work with Professor F. A. Flückiger, a teacher of pharmacognosy at Bern. The aim of this book was to investigate anew the field of vegetable materia medica in order, as far as was possible, to remove some of the uncertainties which surrounded the subject. Within a few decades, the development of the pharmaceutical industry was to make such researches seem dated. Nevertheless, Hanbury's investigations into the minutiae of plants and drugs were highly influential among his contemporaries” (ODNB).


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