A Scripture Herbal

London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1842.

Science as an entry point for finding religious beauty in the world, and religion as an entry point for celebrating the world's logical functions

(Item #5865) A Scripture Herbal. Women in STEM, Maria Callcott.

A Scripture Herbal

London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1842. First edition. Contemporary full morocco with gilt to spine. All edges brightly gilt. Buff endpapers. Measuring 215 x 150mm and collating complete including 105 wood engravings of plants: xxii, [4], 544. A square, Near Fine copy with a bit of scraping to boards near front and rear joints. Contemporary inscriptions to recto of front endpaper: "Mary S. Blythe, given her by the Rev. Horation Walmsley, August 21, 1848" in ink and in pencil, "Left Deepdale June 28th 1850." Internally fresh and unmarked. A lovely example.

The last work published by the travel writer Lady Maria Calcott, A Scripture Herbal showcased her knowledge in both botany and biblical studies by accurately illustrating and describing 105 plants that appear within the Bible. By blending seemingly disparate fields, Calcott suggested that individuals fascinated by the operations of the physical world needn't set aside their spiritual beliefs; rather, their scientific understanding could lend new richness to biblical study. As she stated within her preface, her goal was also to make these areas accessible to "the many millions who read the Scriptures in my native tongue" rather than in the "learned language...written in the Hebrew, in the Greek, and in the Latin!" Her approach to both religion and science combatted the elitism inherent in scholarly studies that closed certain classes out through the use of classical languages.

As a travel writer, Calcott was notoriously political, and so her motivations in this text would not have surprised readers. Indeed, critics hailed her work for its "details about local customs, flora and fauna, and people....making her one of the most significant writers of the nineteenth century" (ODNB).
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