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PARKINSON (John). Theatrum Botanicum: The Theater of Plants or, an Herball of Large Extent: containing therein a more ample and exact history and declaration of the physicall herbs and plants that are in other authours, encreased by the accesse of many hundreds of new, rare, and strange plants from all the parts of the world, with sundry gummes, and other physicall materials, than hath beene hitherto published by any before; and a most large demonstration of their natures and vertues. Shevving vvithall the many errors, differences, and oversights of sundry authors that have formerly written of them; and a certaine confidence, or most probable conjecture of the true and genuine herbes and plants. Distributed into sundry classes or tribes, for the more easie knowledge of the many herbes of one nature and property, with the chiefe notes of Dr. Lobel, Dr. Bonham, and others inserted therein. Collected by the many yeares travaile, industry, and experience in this subject, by Iohn Parkinson apothecary of London, and the Kings herbarist. And published by the Kings Majestyes especiall priviledge.1640

London: Printed for Tho. Coter, First and only edition, folio, 884 leaves, pagination [20], 1-1755 (with errors), [3]pp., without initial blank but with the errata leaf at the end, fine additional allegorical title by W. Marshall incorporating portrait of the author, 2616 woodcut illustrations within the text, slight loss to upper corner of engraved and printed title, small repairs to extreme upper corner of following six leaves affecting a few letters, Z1 holed with loss of several words, some light dampstaining, contemporary calf, neatly rebacked, spine blind-stamped in compartments, new red morocco lettering piece, corners neatly repaired. "While Parkinson's reputation was established by the appearance of his Paradisus in 1629, the latter was overshadowed by the publication in 1640 of what was his much greater work, the Theatrum Botanicum ... This digest attempted the description of nearly 4,000 plants, almost 1000 more than were contained in Johnson's edition of Gerard. The descriptions in many instances are new and great care was exercised to secure accuracy in indicating localities..."—Green. Provenance: Ownership signature of "Edward Jackson, Surbiton, August 1890" on front paste-down. STC 19302; Johnson, 197; Henrey, 286; Hunt, 235; Nissen, 1490; Green, Landmarks of Botanical History.

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