1597 1st John Gerarde Herball Plants English Herbal Illustrated Stirpium Botany: John Gerarde 1597 1st John Gerarde Herball Plants English Herbal Illustrated Stirpium Botany: John Gerarde 1597 1st John Gerarde Herball Plants English Herbal Illustrated Stirpium Botany: John Gerarde 1597 1st John Gerarde Herball Plants English Herbal Illustrated Stirpium Botany: John Gerarde

1597 1st John Gerarde Herball Plants English Herbal Illustrated Stirpium Botany

John Gerarde

Published by London : John Norton, 1597., 1597
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1597 1st John Gerarde Herball Plants English Herbal Illustrated Stirpium Botany Over 2100 INCREDIBLE Woodcuts / comp@$40,000+ John Gerard, also spelt John Gerarde, (c. 1545 1612) was a botanist and herbalist. He maintained a large herbal garden in London. His chief notability is as the author of a big 1484 pages and heavily illustrated Herball, or Generall Historie of Plantes. First published in 1597, it was the most widely circulated botany book in English in the 17th century. Herball, or Generall Historie of Plantes was often thought to be an English translation of Dodoen s Stirpium ; however, it was later discovered that Gerarde was brought in to finish the work of a Robert Priest. (see below for more thorough explanation of history) We find (uncolored) examples of this work for sale elsewhere for $23,000! We find a Sothebys auction record hand colored, for $40,000+ Main author: John Gerarde Title: The Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes. Published: London : John Norton, 1597. Language: Latin Notes & contents: 1st edition of most famous English herbal Contains portrait of Gerarde 2139 illustrated woodcut engravings Lacks only the following pages: o Engraved title page (replaced in facsimile) o Three prelims following title o pp. 15/16; pp. 983/984 + 19 various leaves from indices at end Provenance: Alexander O Driscoll Taylor (1832-1910, of Belfast, Ireland, booklabel, but died Newport , Rhode Island, USA); Robert Magill Young (1851-1925, of Belfast, inscription). The history of the production of Gerarde's Herball has not been entirely worked out. It seems that the publisher had commissioned Dr. Robert Priest to translate Dodoens' Stirpium historiae pemptades sex (1583) into English, but that he had died before completing the task. John Gerarde was then brought in, and finished the translation, while changing the system of classification from that of Dodoens (a pharmacological one) to that of Mathias de Lobel (an attempt at a natural system), and adding notes and observations of his own. The vast majority of the woodcuts were hired from the Frankfurt publisher of Tabernaemontanus. At one point Norton brought in Lobel to correct some of Gerarde's more egregious errors (Lobel claimed to have discovered over 1000). Gerarde's own contribution may be no more than his appealing Elizabethan prose style and his description of the 'Virginian potato'. One of the few woodcuts that is original to this work is in fact the first illustration of the potato. The Tabernaemontanus cuts were based on the images of Fuchs, Brunfels, Mattioli, and the Flemish botanists published by Plantin (Dodoens, L'Écluse, and others). Interestingly, the portrait of Gerarde, who is depicted aged 53 holding a potato flower, is dated 1598. It is by William Rogers, and exists both in an unsigned state, and signed 'WR' (as here). FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE Wear: wear as seen in photos Binding: tight and secure leather binding Pages: lacking only a few pages as described above, but otherwise complete with all 1392 pages; plus indexes, prefaces, and such Publisher: Morgiis : excudebat J. Le Preux, 1581. Size: ~13in X 9in (33cm x 22.5cm) FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE Shipping: Very Fast. Very Safe. Free Shipping Worldwide. Satisfaction Guarantee: Customer satisfaction is our first priority. Notify us within 7 days of receiving your item and we will offer a full refund guarantee without reservation. $15000 Photos available upon request. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-18916954616

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Title: 1597 1st John Gerarde Herball Plants English...

Publisher: London : John Norton, 1597.

Publication Date: 1597

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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