Salmon, William


Botanologia, The English Herbal, or History of Plants. . .

London: Printed by I. Dawks for H. Rhodes and J. Taylor, 1710. First edition--Cf. Johnston, S. H. Cleveland coll. 325. Added t.p., engr. Title page in red and black. References: Johnston, S. H. Cleveland coll. 325; Hunt 426. ASU copy lacks vol. 2 title page described in the Cleveland collection catalogue as inserted in some copies at Hhhh2.

Salmon was a medical doctor, who wrote this botanical-medical text, but with many botanical errors. The work is divided into ten sections,namely names, species, descriptions, locations, times of flowering and seeding, qualities, specifications, preparations, virtues and uses, and a complete florilegium of all choice flowers.  Salmon has dedicated his work to Queen Anne, complementing her on achieving the union of the crowns into the nation of Great Britain.  Salmon cites many authorities in his work, including Clusius, Matthiolus, Gerard, and Parkinson.  The index includes both common and Latin names for the plants described.

Subjects: Botany--Pre-Linnean works; Medicinal plants.


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