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GERARD, John (1545-1612)
The Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes . very much enlarged and amended by Thomas Johnson
London: Adam Islip, Joice Norton & Richard Whitakers, 1633. Folio. (13 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches). [36], 1630, [48] pp., lacks preliminary and terminal blanks. Engraved architectural title by John Payne showing Theophrastus and Dioscorides, Ceres and Pomona. Approximately 2,760 woodcuts in text, numerous woodcut initials. Early calf, bordered in blind, expertly rebacked, spine with raised bands in seven compartments, tooled and lettered in gilt. Housed in a cloth box. Provenance: early (Irish?) botanist or apothecary (manuscript marginalia throughout); Thomas Story (signature on the dedication leaf). The preferred second edition of Gerard's "Herbal," the first edition of Thomas Johnson's expanded version with over 2,760 woodcuts: with interesting marginalia and provenance. Gerard was superintendent of the gardens of William Cecil, Lord Burghley, one of the most influential members of the court of Elizabeth I. In addition to his work for Lord Burghley, Gerard also raised many exotic plants in his own gardens and travelled extensively in search of new specimens. The first edition of the present work, published in 1597, was much praised for the elegance of the descriptions, but Johnson's re-editing of the work after Gerard's death greatly improved the accuracy and breadth of the original work. It is almost half as long again as the first edition of 1597 and is, in every respect, superior to its predecessor. Johnson was commissioned by the publishers to produce this amended and enlarged edition at short notice in order to forestall Parkinson's Theatrum Botanicum , believed … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Donald A. Heald Rare Books (ABAA) [New York, NY, U.S.A.]

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