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Aug. '00
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John Gerarde (1545-1612)
The Herball or General Historic of Plantes


Very much enlarged + Amended by Thomas Johnson
London: Adam Islip, Joice Norton + Richard
Whitakers, 1633. f^0
Ref: STC 11751, Hunt 233, Henney 155, Nissen 698. Arber p. 134
Copy: Stanford, HEHL Well come 2754 Printed 3282

Lib. 2 p. 615-6
Chap. 193. Of the bastard Chickweeds.

19 leaves, 1634 (misnub. 1630) pp. 1 leaf, 23 leaves
indices. With engraved title by John Payne +
2766 woodcuts of plants within the text.

1st ed. of the revised version of the famous herbal.
While the 1597 ed. of the Gerard left much to be desired
in scientific accuracy, this new ed. by T. Johnson
is superior by fan in the text as well as in the set of
botanical woodcuts which had previously been used
by Plantin. The fine elaborate title shows the
figures of Theaphrastus + Dioscorides, or top of
Ceres + Pomona, + at the bottom a portrait of Gersud,
flanked by 2 flower vases taken from a Dutch
pattern book.

Ca. 1600-1644 Thomas Johnson, a London apothecary was assisted by
John Goodyer + others. The errors were corrected to
such a degree that this edition of the Herbal (1633)
is often referred to as the "Gerard Emaculata"
Johnson added 800 her species + 700 woodcuts. He
cultivated a physic garden in what is how the
center a London + went on plant-hunting tours
through the countryside. His records of these

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