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The Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes.

Very much Enlarged and Amended by Thomas Johnson Citizen and Apothecarye of London.

London: printed by Adam Islip, Joice Norton, and Richard Whitakers, 1633 Stock Code: 125719
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"Still one of the best-known English herbals"

First edition of Johnson's enlarged version of the herbalist's major work, first published in 1597. Thomas Johnson (c.1595-1644), the London apothecary who was already a botanical writer of some note by 1633, sensibly marked his additions and major alterations to the first edition, making it possible to distinguish the revisions from the original. His edition brought a new and more scholarly focus to Gerard's Herball; it was greatly esteemed, was reprinted in 1636, and became more and more expensive throughout the following centuries. It is extensively illustrated and Johnson drew several of the diagrams himself. The woodcuts included in the first edition were printed from wood-blocks obtained from Frankfurt which had been used to illustrate the Eicones plantarum of Taberaemmontanus (1590), but Johnson supplemented these with superior illustrations from the stock of Antwerp's famous printer Plantin.

"Gerard contributed greatly towards the advancement of the knowledge of plants in England, and in his Herball he described and illustrated several hundreds of our native flowering plants, including about 182 which were additional to those recorded in earlier works" (Henrey, p. 47).

From the library of Kenneth John Hewett (1919-1994), the post-war London dealer in ethnographic art and antiquities.

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Folio (335 x 220 mm). Twentieth-century dark red crushed morocco by Henry Young & Sons of Liverpool (signed in gilt at foot of front turn-in), spine gilt-lettered direct, sides framed in gilt and blind, marbled endpapers, gilt edges.


Engraved vignette title page by John Payne, 2,766 woodcut illustrations.


A touch of rubbing at ends of joints, engraved title mounted on stub and repaired at lower fore-corner, without initial and final blanks, a dozen leaves with repairs at edge very occasionally touching text, a well-conserved copy in a handsome binding of good quality.


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