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The Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes

The Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes by GERARD, John; Thomas Johnson [Rembert Dodoens] (1636)

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Author: GERARD, John; Thomas Johnson [Rembert Dodoens]
Title: 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 Apothecarie of London
Year: 1636
Publisher: Adam Islip; Joice Norton; Richard Whitakers
Place: London
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Signed: No
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pp 18 [manuscript] pp 39-1562, lacking preliminaries, title page, pp1-38, pp355-6, pp1563-1630 and index. Incomplete 1636 third edition of Gerard's Herball which contains the vast bulk of Thomas Johnson's expanded text which even in its incomplete state measures four inches across the spine and is robustly bound in full calf, probably very late eighteenth or early nineteenth century, rubbed and worn to extremities but sound and perfectly usable. At the time of the binding a new manuscript index has been bound in before the printed text which runs to 17 pages, written on Britannia watermarked paper in two columns again around 1800. The first and last few leaves are browned and dog-earred where the previous binding failed during the eighteenth century. A note at the head of the first printed leaf states in an old hand: 'Pages with Plates from 39 to 1562. Page 355 missing.' A little close cropped at times, the text is largely in good to very good with the marvellous woodcuts present throughout and the cornucopious accompanying letterpress text. Owing to its size Gerard's Herball is frequently encountered in more or less incomplete copies - this is one of the nicer ones we have had. This edition of the Herball from 1636 is part of the revived version of the text produced two decades after Gerard's death when it was significantly expanded in size and scope. First published in 1597, the Herball became the most influential botany book in English in the 17th century although with the exception of some plants from the author's own garden and from North America, Gerard's Herbal is largely an unacknowledged English translation of Rembert Dodoens's herbal, published in the mid-sixteenth century. Gerard's Herball contains profuse, high-quality drawings of plants, with the printer's woodcuts largely derived from Continental European sources.
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