Theatrum botanicum : the theater of plants, or An herball of a 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 with sundry gummes, and other physicall materials, than have been hitherto published by any before : and a most large demonstration of their natures and vertues : shewing vvithall the many errors, differences, and oversights of sundry authors that have formerly written of them : and a certaine confidence, or most probable conjecture of the true and genuine herbes and plants : distributed into sundry classes or tribes, for the more easie knowledge of the many herbes of one nature and property, with the chiefe notes of Dr. Lobel, Dr. Bonham, and others inserted therein (Book, 1640) [WorldCat.org]
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Theatrum botanicum : the theater of plants, or An herball of a 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  with sundry gummes, and other physicall materials, than have been hitherto published by any before : and  a most  large demonstration of their natures and vertues : shewing vvithall the many errors, differences, and oversights of sundry authors that have formerly written of them : and  a certaine confidence, or most probable conjecture of the true and genuine herbes and plants : distributed into sundry classes or tribes, for the more easie knowledge of the many herbes of one nature and property, with the chiefe notes of Dr. Lobel, Dr. Bonham, and others inserted therein Preview this item
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Theatrum botanicum : the theater of plants, or An herball of a 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 with sundry gummes, and other physicall materials, than have been hitherto published by any before : and a most large demonstration of their natures and vertues : shewing vvithall the many errors, differences, and oversights of sundry authors that have formerly written of them : and a certaine confidence, or most probable conjecture of the true and genuine herbes and plants : distributed into sundry classes or tribes, for the more easie knowledge of the many herbes of one nature and property, with the chiefe notes of Dr. Lobel, Dr. Bonham, and others inserted therein

Author: John Parkinson; Thomas Cotes; William Marshall; Thordarson Collection.
Publisher: London : Printed by Tho. Cotes, 1640.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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John Parkinson (1567-1650) was the last Englishman to write in the true herbalistic (as opposed to botanical) tradition. His Theatrum Botanicum: The Theater of Plants. Or, an Herball of Large Extent is the largest herbal in the English language. It described about 3800 plants as compared to 2850 in Johnson's 1633 edition of Gerard. The Theatrum contained the first British record of several native plants, but the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Classical Works
Fulltext
Herbals
Printing Privileges
Rare Materials, 1600s
Rare Materials, Top 100
Engravings
Herbal Illustrations
Internet Resources
Early works
Pre-Linnean works
Early works to 1800
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Parkinson; Thomas Cotes; William Marshall; Thordarson Collection.
OCLC Number: 3316161
Notes: Additional title page, engraved, "Theatrum botanicum, the theater of plantes, or An universall compleate herball", signed: W· Marshall sculpsit.
"And published by the Kings Majestyes especiall priviledge."
Errors in pagination: nos. 132/3 repeated; nos. 142/3, 1653/62 omitted; p. 311, 314, 608, 729, 763, incorrectly numbered 310, 318, 908, 727, 673; nos. 81/2 reversed with 75/6.
Signatures: (6 unsigned); a⁴; B-Z⁶; Aa-Zz⁶; Aaa-Zzz⁶; Aaaa-Llll⁶; Mmmm⁴; Nnnn-Zzzz⁶; Aaaaa-Zzzzz⁶; Aaaaaa-Zzzzzz⁶; Aaaaaaa-Iiiiiii⁶. X³, Ll³ incorrectly signed X⁵, L³ respectively.
Errata on verso of last leaf.
Description: [20], 1755 [i.e. 1745, 3] pages : illustrations ; 37 cm (fol.)
Other Titles: Theater of plants
Herball of a large extent
Theater of plantes, or, an universall and compleate herball
Universall and compleate herball
Responsibility: collected by the many yeares travaile, industry, and experience in this subject, by John Parkinson, Apothecary of London, and the Kings Herbarist.

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John Parkinson (1567-1650) was the last Englishman to write in the true herbalistic (as opposed to botanical) tradition. His Theatrum Botanicum: The Theater of Plants. Or, an Herball of Large Extent is the largest herbal in the English language. It described about 3800 plants as compared to 2850 in Johnson's 1633 edition of Gerard. The Theatrum contained the first British record of several native plants, but the numerous woodcut illustrations are mostly inferior reproductions of those in Johnson's edition of Gerard's Herball, although a few are original.--J. Norman, 2006.

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