GERARD, JOHN. The Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes.... Very much Enlarged and Amended by Thomas Johnson... London: Adam Islip, Joice Norton, and Richard Whitakers, 1633.
Folio, 350 x 228 mm., CONTEMPORARY OLIVE MOROCCO over pasteboards, covers panelled in gilt, inner panel with large gilt cornerpieces, at the center the GILT ARMS OF CHARLES I, spine gilt, gilt edges, lacking ties, some minor restoration to joints, corners and edges of boards, endpapers renewed, lacking last leaf blank, engraved title a trifle soiled and frayed, very slight discoloration to outer margins; modern half morocco folding case.
Second edition, first Johnson edition, engraved architectural title by John Payne showing Theophrastus and Dioscorides, Ceres and Pomona
(Johnson, Title-pages, p. 50, Payne no. 9), approximately 2800 text woodcuts, woodcut initials.
First edition of Thomas Johnson's expanded version of Gerard's Herball. Although Johnson was obliged to produce the edition in a hurry, as the printers wished to publish it before John Parkinson could issue his announced second great work, the Theatrum botanicum (which did not in the end appear until 1640), he managed to achieve a considerable improvement over Gerard's error-ridden 1597 edition. Just as for the first edition, the woodblocks were acquired from abroad, this time from Plantin, who had used them for his editions of Dodoens, de l'Écluse, and Lobel (a few of the smaller woodcuts may thus have in fact originated in England, with Thomas Purfoot's edition of Pena and Lobel's Stirpium adversaria nova, Plantin having purchased the woodblocks in 1580.
Henrey 155; Hunt 223; Nissen BBI 698; STC 11751.
Provenance: CHARLES I, KING OF ENGLAND, supra-libros -- Inscription on front flyleaf, "This book was my Mothers who dyd October the 14th 1675," initialled CW.