The Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes … very much enlarged and amended by Thomas Johnson.

London: Adam Islip, Joice Norton and Richard Whitakers, 1636.

Price: $7,000.00

About the item

Third edition. Engraved title by John Payne, over 2700 woodcut illustrations to text. [38], 1630 [i.e, 1634], [48] pp. (lacking initial and final blank as usual). Folio. Later boards, rebacked in half calf, text toned with some light dampstaining. Brunet II: 1548; Hunt 230; Nissen BBI 698; STC 11752.

Item #256107

John Gerard was a 16th-century English botanist with a large herbal garden in London. His Herball, a 1,484 page illustrated book, was first published in 1597. It was a largely unacknowledged translation of Rembert Dodoen's herbal, itself published in 1554, and popular in Dutch, Latin, French, and in other English translations.

This revised and enlarged third edition, the second by Thomas Johnson, corrects many of Gerard’s errors and adds 800 new species and 700 woodcuts. This third edition is the most complete edition of Johnson and Gerard's work and is a landmark in natural history.