London, South Kensington
2 June 2008
[GERARD, John (1545-1612). The Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes ... very much enlarged and amended by Thomas Johnson. London: Adam Islip, Joice Norton and Richard Whitakers, 1636.] 2° (347 x 232mm). Numerous woodcuts, two hand-coloured (lacking all before 3[PI]1, 3L1-3N5 and all after 7B1, some leaves and quires loose, worming, a few tears, edges frayed, stained). Contemporary vellum (hinges splitting, loss to spine, corners and edges worn). Provenance: early annotations throughout; E. Owen (signature opposite p.1).
ANNOTATED COPY of the revised and enlarged third edition, which may be regarded as the most complete edition. This copy contains insightful annotation, occasionally in shorthand, which refers to the owner's gardens in Ashford and Elvelham [Hampshire]. Marginalia on p.1520 describes how the 'drunken date' can cause 'Distraction without understanding anything done in ones Presence ... ye hussband sitteth wth his Eyes open grinning like a Foole'. Arber p.129; Brunet II, 1548; Henrey 156; Nissen BBI 698; STC 11752. Sold not subject to return.
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