Monthly Archives: December 2010

Holly for the holidays!

Along with mistletoe and poinsettias, no plant represents the winter holidays as much as holly (genus Ilex). The image to the right is found in a work currently on display by the British botanist William Baxter (1787 – 1871) (click … Continue reading

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Anfossi, Dell’uso ed abuso della cioccolata (Venice, 1779)

Is it cold outside? Why not warm up with a steaming cup of hot chocolate? So advised the 18th-century Italian physician Giovanni Anfossi, in a work recently acquired by the History of Science Collections: Dell’uso ed abuso della cioccolata (Venice, … Continue reading

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