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The English Physitian Enlarged. With Three Hundred Sixty and Nine Medicines, made of English Herbs

Nicholas Culpeper A4, C-Bb8 - [24] pp173, 284-398 [16] Early edition of Culpeper's English Physitian, complete as issued less than a decade after the author's death. Bound in contemporary sheep, lower board detached; the remnants of an old paper label to the spine that appears to read 'Vegetable Nat.' The earliest owner seems to have been 'Elizabeth Armitage' whose seventeenth century ownership signature appears on the front pastedown followed by an eighteenth century signature of 'John Phillips' and 'John Faulkner His Book' from the late eighteenth century on the verso of the title page. The text is complete with its erratic pagination; first gathering browned with finger marking and wear to edges of the first couple of leaves. While collating the book the following observations were made: A2 & A3, missing outer corner of leaf at head of page; C7, small chip from foreedge; E5 closed tear to foreedge; G7 old paper repair along foreedge; R4 small chip tail of page. The book has been well read and there is browning throughout with dog-earring to many page corners in use. There is an astrological diagram at p 396. This book is scarce in commerce. Culpeper's astrological herbal was one of the most popular books of its age which went through innumerable reprints and continues to exert its influence to this day. Please contact Christian White at Modernfirsteditions if you would like more information about this book.