347
347
Culpeper, Nicholas
THE ENGLISH PHYSITIAN: OR AN ASTROLOGO-PHYSICAL DISCOURSE OF THE VULGAR HERBS OF THIS NATION. LONDON: PETER COLE, 1652
Estimate
4,0005,000
LOT SOLD. 4,375 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
347
Culpeper, Nicholas
THE ENGLISH PHYSITIAN: OR AN ASTROLOGO-PHYSICAL DISCOURSE OF THE VULGAR HERBS OF THIS NATION. LONDON: PETER COLE, 1652
Estimate
4,0005,000
LOT SOLD. 4,375 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Music, Continental Books & Manuscripts

|
London

Culpeper, Nicholas
THE ENGLISH PHYSITIAN: OR AN ASTROLOGO-PHYSICAL DISCOURSE OF THE VULGAR HERBS OF THIS NATION. LONDON: PETER COLE, 1652
folio (266 x 170mm.), engraved portrait frontispiece, contemporary sheep, title slightly frayed at foot, 2G torn in margin with loss to side-note, binding rebacked and repaired
Read Condition Report Read Condition Report

Literature

ESTC R24897 (locates 5 copies in the UK, 7 in the US); Wing C7501; Henrey 53 and pp 82-88; Norman 541; see Poynter, “Nicholas Culpeper and his books”, Journal of the History of Medicine 17: 152-67

Catalogue Note

The extremely rare first edition of Culpeper’s Herbal, the most famous, influential, and frequently reprinted herbal ever published. It has hardly been out of print since its first appearance above, and over one hundred editions are recorded.

Culpeper was in fact quite a radical figure in the seventeenth-century English medical world. He felt that the poor were being exploited, and their health abused, by a Latin pharmacopoeia based upon foreign plants, accessible only to the physicians and pharmacists who maximised their profits thereby. Culpeper decided to provide recipes written in English and based upon the English flora, so that ordinary people could treat their own illnesses with remedies at hand.

Music, Continental Books & Manuscripts

|
London