2 BERGEN, H.von. / Monographie der... cinchona 106


Description: Important for modern medicine

BERGEN, Heinrich von.
Versuch einer Monographie der China.

Hamburg, Hartwig &Muller, 1826. 2 vols. Text vol. 4to & atlas vol. in royal folio. Original blue boards, with paper title label on spine and cover. With 8 handcoloured engraved plates by Gustav Andreas Forsmann, and 5 leaves with 10 folding tables in atlas volume. XII, 348 pp.

First and only edition of this botanical work on chinchona. Very rare with all ten tables present. Heinrich von Bergen, Droguerie-Makler (drug-broker) at Hamburg (1792-1836), gives a state of the art description of the botanical, economic and pharmaceutical history of cinchona bark. The work opens with a 72-page long list of reference literature. Among the publications are those by Pelletier and Caventou, who were the first to isolate cinchonine and quinine in 1820 (DSB X, p. 497). The eight coloured plates depict different types of cinchona bark (seven plates) and a Peruvian mountain with cinchona trees ( plate 8) titled '' Geographie der Chinchonen'' after the plate by Alexander von Humboldt.
Our copy contains all ten tables with test results of the extraction of cinchonine and quinine from different types of china bark. These tables are lacking in the copies of the British Museum and the Wellcome Library. In the copy in the library of the Arnold Arboretum, the book is contains xii, 348 pages, accompanied by an oblong atlas of eight coloured plates and eight (sic!) tables. The explanation of the tables with their highly important conclusions (pp. 331-341) was written by Christian Heinrich Pfaff (1773-1852), a renowned professor of medicine, physics and chemistry at the University of Kiel (Poggendorf II, cols. 425-428). It is followed by an article on a procedure to extract cinchona salt from China bark titled "Art der Darstellung der Chinasalze aus den Chininrinden'' by H.L. von Santen.

Good set, with bookplate of Van der Wiele pasted on inside frontcover.- (Top and lower part of spine damaged, edges of bindings rubbed; some foxing throughout; some plates sl. foxed).
Arnold Arboretum, p. 76; BMC NH, p. 140; Nissen, BBI 144; Pritzel 655; Wellcome II, p. 147.
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