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Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes - GERARDE John - 1633. [1273868]
1633 - GERARDE, John. The Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes Gathered by John Gerarde of London, Master in Chirurgerie. Very much Enlarged and Amended by Thomas Johnson, Citizen and Apothecarye of London". London: Adam Islip, et al., 1633. Thick folio, later full vellum over wooden boards, raised bands, vellum spine label with manuscript title in ink; pp. [38], 1630 (i.e. 1634), [2], [45], [1]. Housed in a custom clamshell box. $11,000.Important second edition"""in every respect immeasurably superior" to the first""of Gerarde's esteemed Herball, skillfully edited by Thomas Johnson, boasting more than 2700 delicate in-text botanical woodcuts and elaborate engraved title page.First published in 1597, "Gerard's Herball, if not one of the monuments of the English language, is certainly one of its great delights" (Anderson, 218). "The Bible of English herbalists". [Gerard] wrote with the golden pen of the Elizabethan age" (Blunt & Raphael, 164), bestowing on the plants depicted in his work's pages such evocative names as "Clown's Woundwort" and "Traveler's Joy." In 1629, John Parkinson, apothecary to the king, announced his intention to produce a herbal that would supersede Gerard's"""a work by then more than 30 years old, whose imperfections were each year becoming more apparent". [Consequently,] Islip, Norton and Whitakers decided to beat Parkinson to the post by swiftly producing an enlarged and emended edition of the original work which Thomas Johnson, a London apothecary, agreed to undertake. What is usually known as "˜Johnson's Gerard' appeared in 1633". Johnson's Gerard". is half as long again as Gerard, contains 2765 woodcuts". and is in every respect immeasurably superior to its predecessor" (Blunt & Raphael, 166-67). With 800 more species and 700 more woodcuts than the original, Johnson's Gerard remains to this day a desirable and often-consulted treasury of botanical knowledge and lore. STC 11751. Hunt 230. Nissen 698. Title page rehinged, and remargined along upper edge; text generally quite clean. One woodcut (page 65) with early hand-coloring. Front joint starting, cords holding firm. An exceptionally good copy of this renowned edition. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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