Blackwell's Herbal - Title page
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Blackwell sought the approval of leading physicians and apothecaries.
This page carries a testimonial from the President and governing
body of the Royal College of Physicians. It declares that they
found Blackwell's illustrations to be very useful. The illustration
shows the arms of the Royal College of Physicians, with the Ancient
Greek writers on botany, Theophrastus and Dioscorides, sitting
on either side.
Theophrastus, a philosopher of the 3rd century BC and pupil of
Aristotle, wrote two major works on botany. He was the first to
provide a systematic description and classification of plants.
Dioscorides was a physician who wrote the first herbal De materia
medica, in the first century AD. It was later copied, translated
and imitated throughout Europe and the Islamic world.