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November 17, 2013 11:00 AMCalender

Gerard, John (1545-1611) The Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes

Auction: Books & Manuscripts - 2687B Location: Boston Date / Time: November 17, 2013 11:00AM


Gerard, John (1545-1611) The Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes. London: Adam Islip, Joice Norton, and Richard Whitakers, 1636.
Folio, third edition, engraved title, 1630 pages; illustrated with hundreds of woodcut illustrations of plants throughout, seventeen woodcuts of plants with careful contemporary hand-coloring; edited, with many additions and amendments, by Thomas Johnson (c. 1600-1644), in contemporary boards, nicely rebacked, front joint slightly cracked, some minor defects to the text, spotting, occasional torn or folded corners, otherwise good, 13 1/4 x 9 in.
Gerard's was the most popular practical guide to plants in the English-speaking world in this period. The exhaustive text includes detailed descriptions of ornamentals, fruit trees, vegetables, ferns, wild plants, and even new world species. All are depicted in excellent woodcut illustrations. Gerard's conversational style enhanced by the textual refinements contributed by Johnson, make this an enduring work that is still informative and enjoyable to read today.
Estimate $1,000-1,500

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Thomas Johnson, London, Adam Islip, Joice Norton, Richard Whitakers