The Herball, or, Generall historie of plantes


The Herball, or, Generall historie of plantes

Title Variants

Alternative: General history of plants

Alternative: Generall historie of plantes

Alternative: Herball

Related Titles

Related/Analytical: Generall historie of plantes

Related/Analytical: Gerarde's herball


Gerard, John, 1545-1612

Dodoens, Rembert, 1517-1585
Priest, Robert, ca. 1550-ca 1590
Wright, Stephen S. (Stephen Smith)




Published material

Publication info

Imprinted at London, By Iohn Norton, 1597


Pages 1193-1194 replaced with 2 leaves in manuscript.

Fully engraved, illustrated title page.

Binder's title: Gerarde's herball.

Colophon: Imprinted at London by Edm. Bollifant, for Bonham and Iohn Norton, M.D.XCVII.

Title page, mended within elaborate engraved border, has coat of arms of Lord Burghley on verso. Full page portrait of author facing p. 1, dated 1598.

Colophon reads: Imprinted at London by Edm. Bollifant, for Bonham and Iohn Norton. M.D.XCVII.

Includes indexes.

This work is actually a translation, by Robert Priest, and adaptation, by John Gerard, of Stirpium historiae pemptades six / by Rembert Dodoen, first printed in Antwerp, 1583.

Engraved t.p. and, p. [20], port. of author (dated 1598).

Signatures: [A⁴] B⁶ A-3V⁸ 3X¹⁰ 4A-4T⁸ 4V⁶ 5A-5I⁴. 2Q7 (p. 621-622) erroneously signed 2Q2.

Includes a discussion and woodcut illustrations of the potato, tobacco, and the tomato, here said to have originated in Italy and Spain.

Stafleu (2nd) | 1993

Signatures: A⁴ B⁶ ²A-²B⁸ C-3X⁸ chi² 4A-4T⁸ 4V⁶ 5A-5I⁴ (5I4 verso blank)

Includes indexes, [71] p. at end.

Pritzel (2nd) | 3282

Brunet, | II, column 1548

Woodcut head pieces; initials.

Nissen, C. Botanische Buchillustration (2. Aufl.), | 698

Coat of arms of Lord Burghley on the verso of title page; full page portrait, in the first state, of author facing p. 1, 2nd count, dated 1598.

Goldschmidt, E.P. Catalogue 165, | 58

Osler, W. Bibliotheca Osleriana, | 1722.

Nissen, C. Botanische Buchillustration, | 698.

Arents Tobacco Collection. Tobacco: a catalogue, | 50.

Henrey, B. British botanical and horticultural literature before 1800, | 154.

Pritzel, G.A. Thesaurus literaturae botanicae omnium gentium (1872-1877 edition), | 3282.

Catalogue of botanical books in the collection of Rachel McMasters Miller Hunt, | I:175.

Pollard, A.W. Short-title catalogue of books printed in England, Scotland, & Ireland and of English books printed abroad, 1475-1640 (2nd ed.), | 11750.

Bibliotheca Americana: catalogue of the John Carter Brown Library in Brown University, short-title list of additions, books printed 1471-1700, | p. 18.

English short title catalogue, | S122353.

Text primarily in English with some prefatory material and names of plants in Latin.


1597 , Botany , Botany, Medical , Early works to 1800 , England , Herbals , Herbs , Imprint 1597 , Materia medica, Vegetable , Potatoes , Pre-Linnean works , Tobacco , Tomatoes

Call Number

QK41.G3 1597 [#670]




DOI: https://doi.org/10.5962/bhl.title.51606
LCCN: https://lccn.loc.gov/22004723
OCLC: 14166389


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