Philadelphia: Atkinson & Alexander, 1828. First. hardcover. , xii, 268, 276pp. Illustrated with 100 full-page botanical wood-engravings printed in green ink. 8vo, recently rebound in full brown morocco; gilt-ruled and lettered spine with black leather label. Philadelphia: Atkinson & Alexander, 1828-1830. First Edition. Scattered light foxing, otherwise a lovely copy of this scarce and important work.
"Rafinesque's most important work was his Medical Flora - which became the vade-mecum of the Botanic physicians. It must be remembered that medical treatment was at that time largely based on vegetable drugs and what Rafinesque sought was to write a medical botany adapted to the needs of the American physician and pharmacist" (Lilly 137).GM 1849; Nissen 1579; Reynolds 3451; Sabin 67457; Pritzel 7401; Bernard Jaffe, Men of Science in Americapp. 104-129; Meisel, Bibliography of American Natural History: I, pp. 222-23.