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GERARD, JOHN
THE HERBALL OR GENERALL HISTORIE OF PLANTES . . . VERY MUCH ENLARGED AND AMENDED BY THOMAS JOHNSON . . . APOTHECARYE OF LONDON
London: Printed by Adam Islip, Joice Norton, and Richard Whitakers, 1633. First Edition of Johnson's Revision. Hardcover. 362 x 241 mm (14 1/4 x 9 1/2"). [40], 1634 (wrongly numbered 1630), [50] pp. First Edition of Johnson's Revision. Recent mottled calf in the style of the period by Courtland Benson, raised bands flanked by double gilt rules, second spine compartment with red morocco label, intricate gilt centerpiece in each of the other compartments. Engraved title with border of vignettes (one a portrait of Gerard), decorative and historiated headpieces and initials, and 2,766 WOODCUTS OF PLANTS IN TEXT. Dedication page with ownership inscription of Thomas Daniell, 1775(?); 17th century inscription at end by "Henery Godfry of Sumersham in the County of Huntington"; front pastedown with modern bookplates of J. B. Holzinger and "Starkenstein" (see below). Hunt 223; Nissen 698; STC 11751; Brunet II, 1548 ("édition . . . préférable"). Title page a bit rumpled and with moderate soiling (margins more so and with several tiny frayed spots along fore edge), final dozen leaves of index a little ragged along top edge (no loss), faint browning at edges on most leaves, text with occasional minor stains and other imperfections, but still AN EXCELLENT, SURPRISINGLY CRISP AND CLEAN, COPY of a book increasingly difficult to find in agreeable condition, and in an unworn expertly crafted retrospective binding. This is quite an excellent copy, and rare thus, of one of the most famous herbals ever published in England. The work made the barber-surgeon and horticulturist Gerard (154 … [Click Below for Full Description]
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