‘Curious Herbal’ Illustrated Notecards (Pack of 10)

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‘Curious Herbal’ Illustrated Notecards (Pack of 10)


Drawings taken from the influential and beautifully illustrated ‘A Curious Herbal’, held in the Chawton House library collection.

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“A Curious Herbal containing five hundred cuts of the most useful plants, which are now used in the practice of physick, to which is added a short description of ye plants and their common uses in physick”.

Elizabeth Blackwell, 1737-39

These notecards are decorated with beautiful illustrations taken from Blackwell’s ‘Curious Herbal’, one of the treasures held in the Chawton House library collection.

When her husband’s attempt to set himself up as a printer failed, Elizabeth Blackwell determined to raise funds to release him from prison by drawing and engraving for a new herbal book, a huge undertaking that took several years. She taught herself engraving in order to do this, and hand-coloured each design. The results were initially issued in weekly instalments; the two completed volumes sold for the very considerable sum of £5.

The pack contains 10 notecards of 5 designs, with 2 of each design:

  • Plate 4. Cucumber
  • Plate 10. Sage
  • Plate 25. Honeysuckle
  • Plate 101. The Peach Tree
  • Plate 245. Male Peony




Additional information

Weight 109 g
Dimensions 122 × 85 × 20 mm

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