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Meredith E. Torre, Guest Curator
December 1, 2006 - February 28, 2007
Nicholas Culpeper's "The Complete Herbal" Plate III
Culpeper, Nicholas. The Complete Herbal
London: Thomas Kelly, 1835.
Plate III. Ebling Library call number QV C968c 1835

The Complete Herbal feature's Culpeper's display of more than one hundred herbs and their medicinal and occult qualities. Culpeper wrote, "physically applied to the cure of all disorders incident to mankind."

This beautifully illustrated and colored plate by Thomas Kelly (London, 1835) contains a variety of plants noted for some form of medicinal cure.

At the top row from right to left, the plants are: Bird's Foot, Bishop's Weed, and Bisort a.k.a. Snake Weed; second row, White Briony, Borage, and Brooklime; third row, Bock-hoon Plantain, Brank Ursine, and Blue Bottle.

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