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Considering the Source of Elizabeth Blackwell’s ‘A Curious Herbal’

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Watch a recording of Janet Tyson as she outlines both the origins of and explanatory texts in ‘A Curious Herbal’ (1737 and 1739) by Elizabeth Blackwell (1707–58). Wellcome Collection owns copies of the two books, both by apothecaries, on which Blackwell’s ‘A Curious Herbal’ is based: the ‘Pharmacopoeia Londinensis’ (1721) by John Quincy and the ‘Botanicum Officinale’ (1722) by Joseph Miller.

Elizabeth Blackwell and her book have more recently become topics of popular interest. Tyson presents a brief critique of what has been written about Blackwell, as well as a comparative analysis of Wellcome Collection’s copy of ‘A Curious Herbal’.



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Janet Tyson

Janet Tyson is a PhD candidate in Early Modern History at Birkbeck, University of London. Her research addresses the social and bibliographic history of ‘A Curious Herbal’, the first herbal to be produced by a woman.