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. . .and an Orchard of All Sorte of Fruitbearing Trees and Shrubbes Fit for Our Land: Together with the Right Orderinge, Planting & Preserving of Them and Their Uses & Vertues.
Collected by John Parkinson. London: Printed by Humfrey Lownes and Robert Young, 1629. First edition, first issue--Cf. Johnston, S. H. Cleveland coll. 179. Elaborately illustrated wood-engraved t.p. References: STC 19300; Hunt 215; Johnston, S. H. Cleveland coll. 179. Has [drawing] on t.p.
Parkinson was the last British writer of the period from 1450-1650 who was a true herbalist. He had a famous garden in London (Long Acre), and he served as botanist to Charles I. The Paradisi is more a gardening book than an herbal. It has the quaint alternative title, A Garden of All Sorts of Pleasant Flowers Which Our English Ayre will Permitt to be Noursed Up. Nevertheless, Parkinson's work adds detailed nomenclature as well as many of de L'Obel's manuscript notes, making it an improvement on the publications of Gerard. Parkinson used Caspar Bauhin's Pinax as a reference to standardize the nomenclature for each plant. He was the first to identify and describe the Welsh poppy, the Strawberry tree, and the Lady's-slipper.