Publisher Information: London: John E. Taylor, 1862.
Hanbury, Daniel (1825-75). Notes on Chinese materia medica. Reprinted, with some corrections, from The Pharmaceutical Journal and Transactions. , 48pp. Text illustrations. London: John E. Taylor, 1862. 208 x 133 mm. Original cloth, spine faded, inner hinge cracked but sound overall. Light toning but very good. Presentation Copy, Inscribed by the Author to French pharmacologist Jean-Léon Soubeiran (1827-92) on the front endpaper: “M. J. Léon Soubeiran hommage de l’auteur Londres 21 Novembre 1867”; items in the text numbered in ink in the margins, presumably by Soubeiran. Laid in is an undated autograph letter signed, in French, from Hanbury to Soubeiran (1 page plus integral blank). From the library of Jean Blondelet, with his initials on the rear pastedown.
First Book-Form Edition, reprinted with corrections from articles published in The Pharmaceutical Journal and Transactions between July 1860 and February 1862. “As originally published, the following Notes on Chinese Materia Medica are scattered through the pages of two volumes of the Pharmaceutical Journal, and therefore not conveniently accessible for reference. In the present pamphlet they are collected, paged continuously, and supplied with a title-page and index” (Hanbury’s preface, p. [iii]). Hanbury, a pharmacologist, was one of the 19th century’s leading experts in medical botany, gaining his extensive knowledge through years of study, collecting and travel, supplemented by correspondence with scientific colleagues throughout the world. In his research on Chinese medicinal plants Hanbury “not only sought help from British doctors and naturalists in China, but also made efforts to learn Chinese, so that he could work at fragments from the Chinese herbal Bencao gangmu” (Fa-ti Fan, British Naturalists in Qing China, p. 102). Hanbury obtained many Chinese botanical samples from his brother, Sir Thomas Hanbury, a wealthy British merchant in Shanghai; the two later founded the famous Giardini Botanici Hanbury, a botanical garden now run by the University of Genoa.
Hanbury presented this copy to Jean Léon Soubeiran, professor of pharmacology at the University of Montpellier and co-author of La matière médicale chez les Chinois (1874). The letter from Hanbury to Soubeiran laid into this copy reads: “Bien de remerciments, cher Monsieur, de m’avoir envoyé un souvenir si agréable de notre rencontre à Burlington House. Veuillez accepter en revanche le portrait de votre tout dévoué Danl Hanbury” [Many thanks, dear sir, for sending me such an agreeable souvenir of our meeting at Burlington House. Please accept in return the portrait of your devoted Danl Hanbury]. Garrison-Morton.com 9678.Book Id: 44580