Contributions Towards The Materia Medica & Natural History of China. For the Use of Medical Missionaries & Native Medical Students - INSCRIBED - Frederick Porter Smith 1871 - American Presbyterian Mission Press, Shanghai - First Edition An inscribed presentation first edition of this scarce work, one of first books on Chinese medicine by a western author.

With text in English and names and terms in Chinese. Dedicated to Robert Hart of the Chinese Maritime Customs

Smith was the first British medical missionary in China, sent by the Wesleyan Missionary Committee to Hankow in 1863, where he opened the first hospital in central China in 1864. His detailed catalogue of medicinal drugs and compounds was compiled through his close work and personal exchanges with practitioners of traditional China medicine, and was meant for for use by both Western physicians and Chinese medical students. Smith also credits the early Chinese medical works from which he drew his knowledge of herbs, and of native and imported drugs from throughout Asia.
  Smith ‘studied such works as the Pen Ts’ao [Bencao] and also used the works published by Europeans on the subject of Chiense botany. His compilation of a list of drugs used for medicinal purposes in China was primarily for the use of Western physicians in that country and native medical students. The wealth of material on plants and minerals was valuable to European scientists’ - Mason.

Provenance: Inscribed on title-page
For the Birmingham Medical Institute, With the Author's Compliments - F. Porter Smith, with a small presentation book label of the institute and two small, faint stamps of the BMI and a few annotations in the author's hand.

References: Cordier
Bibliotheca Sinica 1477. Löwendahl, China Illustrata Nova 1410. Wellcome Catalogue 3402037. Mason, Western concepts of China and the Chinese 246.

Tall octavo (29.2 x 18.4 cm) pp. vii [1] 237 [3]. Errata Leaf in page 237. In publisher’s brown cloth, spine lettered in gilt, panels decorated in blind, cream colour coated endpapers, joints neatly repaired. Small binders plate to rear of ‘Westley’s & Co., London.
  Condition: Near fine, light fading to gilt on spine, short closed tear at lower margin of title and page 157, joints expertly repaired.   Ref: 108459   Price: HK$ 20,000