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    First American Chromolithographs in a Book

     

    MATTSON, MORRIS. The American Vegetable Practice, or a New and Improved Guide to Health, Designed for the Use of Families. In Six Parts. In Two Volumes [in one]. Boston: Daniel L. Hale, 1841. 1st ed. Royal 8vo. 12, 706, [1], 1] pp. Errata. 24 full page color plates. Full contemp. calf, leather label. Very good. Two full page b & w engravings, and other text engravings. Slightly shaken (one signature becoming loose). Light foxing. $2,750.00

     

    Bennett, p. 72. R & B 41-3458 (5 sets). Not in Reese.

    First and only edition of this sytem of Thomsonian medicine. The colored plates are chromolithographs by Sharp, Michelin & Co. after drawings by Caroline Neagus, and are the first chromolithographs in a book. William Sharp, who came to America from England in the 1830's, was a "pioneer color lithographer, one of the first American lithographers to experiment with color...he was particularly noted for his illustrations of fruits and flowers..." --Croce & Wallace.

    "The colored illustrations in the Materia Medica...have been produced at great expense; and were executed by a new process invented by Mr. Sharp...being the first of the kind ever issued in the United States."--Mattson's Preface.

 

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