Parkinson, John


Theatrum botanicum = The Theater of Plants, or, An Herball of a Large Extent. . .

Collected by the many yeares travaile, industry and experience in this subject by John Parkinson apothecary of London and the king's herbarist. London: Printed by Tho. Cotes, 1640. First edition--Cf. Hunt 235. Added engraved t.p. Binder's title: Parkinson's Herball. Includes indexes. References: STC 19302; Hunt 235; Johnston, S. H. Cleveland coll. 197.

Considered Parkinson's greater work, this work attempts to describe 4,000 plants. It is especially good for the accuracy of localities where the plants were found.Parkinson added to his own considerable knowledge as an herbalist and apothecary by borrowing from older works. His use of references to older authors as well as direct quotations make this work a virtual one volume herbal library.  Parkinson's readers can sample most of the lore and language of the other major herbals in the one volume. This work is the last of the large herbal collections arranging plants by their properties rather than by their natural affinities.

Subjects: Botany--Pre-Linnean works.


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