PARKINSON, John. Theatrum Botanicum, The Theater of Plants. Or, An Herball of Large Extent: Containing therein a More Ample and Exact History and Declaration of the Physicall Herbs and Plants that are in Other Authours, encreased by the Accesse of Many Hundreds of New, Rare, and Strange Plants from All the Parts of the World. London: Thomas Cotes, 1640.
2o (352 x 235 mm). Engraved title and over 2,600 woodcuts in text (engraved title with unobtrusive marginal tape repair, some occasional light browning, Rrrrr4v with tear extending from sheet edge into text with some loss of letters, occasional foxmarks and soft creases). Contemporary calf, the covers and flat spine ruled in blind (outer hinges strengthened, scuffing, spine dry and slightly cracked).
Provenance: 18th-century armorial bookplate with motto "In Promptu" (Trotter family).
FIRST EDITION. In 1629 Parkinson had published his Paradisi in Sole Paradisus Terrestris, which quickly became one of the most beloved of the early English books on gardening. Although the Paradisus made Parkinson's reputation, "the latter was overshadowed by the publication in 1640 of what was his much greater work, the Theatrum Botanicum... This digest attempted the description of nearly 4,000 plants, almost 1,000 more than were contained in Johnson's edition of Gerard. The descriptions in many instances were new, and great care was exercised to secure accuracy in including localities" J.R. Green, The History of Botany in the United Kingdom (quoted in Hunt).
The Cleveland Collections 199; Henrey 286; Hunt 235; Nissen BBI 1490; Pritzel 6934.