John Gerard: John Gerard, English herbalist, author of The Herball, or generall historie of plantes (). In Gerard went to London to become an. The Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes (). John Gerarde. Publisher: John Norton Year: Town: London. Complete PDF-Version of this book. Trained as a Barber-surgeon, John Gerard () divided his time working as superintendent of the gardens of William Cecil, Lord Burghley ().

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InGerard published his Catalogue Catalogus arborum, fruticum, ac plantarum tam indigenarum, quam exoticarum, in horto Johannis Gerardi civis et chirurgi Londinensis nascentiuma list of rare plants 1, different kinds he cultivated in his own garden at Holborn, where he introduced exotic plants from the New World, including a plant he misidentified as the Yucca. Although it was recognised amongst scholars that it was a pirated work, with many limitations, at that time [23] there is evidence of the book still being in practical use as a medicinal herbal, even in the early 19th century.

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John Gerard – Wikipedia

Books and articles [ edit ] Arber, Agnes [ reissue ]. David Hoeniger, former director of the Centre from — and — The English Language The Herball not only introduced newly discovered plants to England, but also contributed new words to the English language to accommodate these additions. He arranged to rent woodblocks illustrating plants from continental publisher Nicholaus Bassaeus, who previously used a series of impressive illustrations in Eicones plantarum by Jacob Theodor otherwise known as Tabernaemontanus.

The botanical genus Gerardia is named in Gerard’s honour. Here Gerard discusses the tulip, “a strange and forrein floure. Amongst his qualifications he wrote “by reason of his travaile into farre countries his great practise and long experience”. Dodonaei, Remberti []. The Science of Describing: Of the more than 1, woodcuts illustrating the book, only 16 were done by Gerard.


The Herball of John Gerard

The herbal genre dates back to antiquity, but it was during the period from to that it bloomed. Wikisource has original works written by or about: Gerard is used to indicate this person as the author when citing a botanical name.

Having safely planted and replanted many mandrakes, Gerard condemned the fantastic tales. You can make it easier for us to gerqrd and, hopefully, publish your contribution by keeping a few points in mind.

John Gerard

Bibliographic Description See collation and pagination above for further detail. Brown, Mark 19 May ojhn The root of the mandrake has a peculiar shape, sometimes resembling human legs or arms, or even a complete body. Several of the leaves of plants featured in the book are pressed in this copy, including between pages and and and When Gerard discovered L’Obel’s thankless efforts, he had him dismissed.

The woodblocks were shipped from Antwerp to London for the purpose. English naturalists from Neckham to Ray: Retrieved 22 April Sir Isaac Newton, English physicist and mathematician, who was the culminating figure of the scientific…. Additional value has been placed on the Herball by students of literature.

Ejusdem adjecta sunt ad calcem Theatri botanici Auaptnuala, Accurante Guil: According to legend, Sir Walter Raleigh ate the poisonous berries of the potato plant, not knowing that the edible part was underground the potato is of the same genus as the Deadly Nightshade. Long attributed to John Ray, [32] [35] this description is thought to have been used earlier by John Goodyer amongst others.


Although Renaissance herbalists were critical of medieval practices, they inherited the tradition of plant portraiture from their predecessors. In he compiled a list of the plants growing in his garden.

The Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes (1597)

Nantwich, town parishCheshire East unitary authority, historic county hwrball Cheshire, northwestern England. You may find it helpful to search within the site to see how similar or related subjects are covered.

Gerard wrote his text to fit the previously-printed continental woodblocks, explaining how many included plants are plants that are not native to England. The annals of the barber-surgeons of London. Despite some shortcomings in Gerard’s effort, Linnaeus honoured him in the name of the plant genus Gerardia.

Herballl of medicinal plants were known in India before the Christian era, and the Chinese have a compilation, still authoritative, of 1, ancient herbal remedies. Muhammad Ali, American professional boxer and social activist. Thompson, Roger July NantwichCheshire, England. Mason had a large surgical practice and had twice held the rank of Warden in the company, and later became Master.

In he requested that the Barber—Surgeons’ Company joh a physic garden “Mr. Although Gerard took almost complete credit for the work, it may actually have been based on a translation of Stirpium historiae pemptades sexby the Flemish botanist Rembertus Dodoens. He added over new species and figures. Lankester, Edwined.

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