London: [Edmund Bollifant for Bonham Norton] and John Norton, 1597. First Edition. Folio, , 1392, ; VG; bound in 17th century full blind-stamped calf, later rebacking with paneled spine, blind-stamping, gilt titling; moderate wear and rubbing to binding;
title page chipped on all edges, backed on all edges, backing to first three signatures, Ttt5/6, Eeeee1-Fffff3, and Iiiii1-3
repair to lower edge of e7, f4, kk8, upper fore corner of f5, upper edge of K7. Ll1 lower fore corner missing, some minor loss to text. Very minor marginalia to the following pages: B6r, s8v, y2v, Ee1r, Rr6r, Yy1v, Zz7r, Bbb7r, Eee6v, Fff2r, Ggg5r, Hhh1r, Kkk5r, Kkk6r, Lll3r, a word crossed out on Xx1r.;
periodic dampstaining throughout; some offsetting to a few stray spots.; Lacking last leaf, Iiiii4, which includes the colophon.; with engraved engraved title by William Rogers, engraved portrait of Gerard.;
MK consignment; shelved case 4.
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USTC 513395; ESTC: S122353; STC 11750; Nissen BBI 698; Pritzel 3282; Hunt 174; Henrey I, 154; Stafleu TL2 1993;
The first edition of Gerard's Herbal, renowned for including the first Old World illustration of a potato on page 781, although Gerard mistakenly believed it came from Virginia rather than South America.
Gerard included about 182 native flowering plants which had not been described in earlier works; his interest was, however, chiefly confined to their medicinal and decorative qualities. Most of the over 2,000 in-text woodcuts are printed from blocks used in the Eicones plantarum of Tabernaemontanus, published at Frankfurt in 1590, and a large portion of the text is based on Dodoens' Cruydeboeck. At the time it was considered the best and most exhaustive work of its kind, and a standard reference throughout the 17th century.;
It is virtually a translation of Rembert Dodoens' Stirpium historiae pemptades sex (first published in 1583) made by a member of the London College of Physicians, Robert Priest, who died before it was printed. The manuscript came into the hands of Gerard, who issued the work as his own. [cf. Hunt 175]