First edition, first impression of this charming illustrated herbal describing plants for culinary, medicinal, and cosmetic uses. Rare in the jacket.
Author Hilda Leyel (1880-1957) was trained as an actress, but after her marriage “devoted her life, first to setting up fancy dress balls and lotteries on behalf of charities, and then to herbalism. Her charity work led to her appointment as a life governor of a number of hospitals in London. Although Leyel had little scientific training, she had studied with a well-known botanist, Edward Thring, as a child. Her books on diet and herbs became very popular, and she founded the Society of Herbalists. She also published new editions of the herbal of the seventeenth-century physician Nicholas Culpepper, under the imprint of the company she founded, Culpepper House” (Ogilvie, Biographical Dictionary of Women in Science, p. 787).
...Tisanes, Syrups, Confections, Electuaries, Robs, Juleps, Vinegars, and Conserves. With Drawings by M. E. Rivers-Moore. London: Faber and Faber, 1937.
Octavo. Original green cloth, titles and floral design to spine gilt, top edge dyed reddish brown. With the jacket. 31 full-page line drawings within the text. Spine rolled, A few light marks to the cloth, some tiny spots on the fore-edge, endpapers and half title spotted. A very good copy in the jacket with tanned spine panel and some rubbing, nicks, and short splits along the edges.
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