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Gerard's Herbal by John Gerard

Gerard's Herbal (edition 2011)

by John Gerard

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Title:Gerard's Herbal
Authors:John Gerard
Info:Velluminous Press (2011), Edition: 1, Kindle Edition
Collections:Your library, Wellness library
Tags:herbs, herbal, folklore

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The Herbal or General History of Plants by John Gerard



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The 1633 edition revised and enlarged by Thomas Johnson. Containing almost 2,850 plant descriptions and 2,705 superb illustrations, Gerard’s Herbal is a monumental work, the book all modern English herbals are derived from, and the one herbal every serious enthusiast should have in its entirety. ( )
  north_berendey | Sep 18, 2012 |
For entertainment value ONLY. Later editors have show that Gerard didn't know his butt from a hole in the ground.

That said, it IS entertaining, and the illustrations are pleasing. ( )
  wazookeeper | Oct 28, 2009 |
Back cover: John Gerard (1545-1612), the renowned Elizabethan herbalist, combined his delight in flowers and plants with a very practical knowedlge and philosophy. In 1597 he published his Historie of Plants, the most famous of all herbals. It was a stunning compendium of the properties and folklore of plants.

His wisdom ranges widely over such diversities as violets and thyme, mallows and thrift, tobacco, potatoes, rhubarb, or the then newly fashionable strawberries. What such things are like, where they grow and when, their various names, and not least their 'vertues' as food or for health, are all described in Gerard's learned words.

Marcus Woodward has here distilled and added notes to the best of the 1636 folio, including Gerard's fascinating description of almost two hundred plants. The result is an essential pleasure for all who cherish flowers and fruits, gardens and orchards, and the traditional ways of rural life.
  gentcat | May 15, 2009 |
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