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Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes - GERARDE John - 1633. 
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. , 1630 (i.e. 1634), , , . 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]
[Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
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