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PARKINSON, John.

Paradisi in sole Paradisus Terrestris....

or A Garden of all sorts of pleasant flowers which our English ayre will permitt to be noursed up: with A Kitchen garden of all manner of herbes, rootes, & fruites, for meate or sause used with us, and An Orchard of all sorte of fruit-bearing Trees and Shrubbes fit for our Land together With the right orderinge planting & preserving of them and their uses & vertues Collected by John Parkinson Apothecary of London.

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Published: London printed by Humfrey Lownes and Robert Young] 1629

Stock Code: 134497

£12,500
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Notes

First edition of the first work published on English gardening, with quire A in the first setting with line 4 of the heading on A1r ending "amend". The book with its wittily punning title (Paradisi in sole Paradisus Terrestris meaning "Park-in-sun's Earthly Paradise") is dedicated to Queen Henrietta Maria, for which Charles I gave Parkinson the title of botanicus regius primarius. It contains descriptions of almost 1,000 plants, with many of the entries giving evidence of cross-breeding and careful selection.

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Description

Folio (330 x 210 mm). Contemporary calf, neatly rebacked in the late 19th or early 20th century, spine ruled gilt in compartments, red morocco label, boards with double-rule blind-stamped border, later endpapers.

Illustrations

Wood-engraved title-page, woodcut portrait of the author, and 108 full page woodcuts by Switzer, mostly after Clusius and Lobel, illustrating plants and including 6 garden plans; decorated printers' woodcut devices to chapter openings.

Condition

Corners slightly worn, a little marginal worming, one or two corners torn away and replaced, the odd marginal repair; occasional light soiling or staining, scattered marginalia in pencil and in ink; a very good copy.

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