The Herbalist's Bible: John Parkinson's Lost Classic Rediscovered

The Herbalist's Bible: John Parkinson's Lost Classic Rediscovered

Julie Bruton-Seal


A misplaced vintage of Western herbalism—rediscovered and restored with 2 hundred full-color images.

Herbalist to King Charles I, John Parkinson (1567–1650) was once a grasp apothecary, herbalist, and gardener. recognized in his personal lifetime for his influential books, his magnum opus, the Theatrum Botanicum, was once released in 1640 and ran to 1,766 huge pages. The sheer scope and measurement was once possibly to end up the book’s downfall, simply because whereas it was once a lot revered—and plagiarized—it used to be by no means reprinted and, centuries later, has attained the prestige of an exceptionally infrequent and invaluable ebook. Parkinson used to be writing at a time whilst Western herbalism was once at its zenith, and his talents as a gardener (from his grounds in Covent backyard) mixed completely along with his ardour for technological know-how, commentary, and old scholarship.

In the The Herbalist’s Bible, Julie Bruton-Seal and Matthew Seal have superbly mixed choices from Parkinson’s e-book with their very own sleek statement on how every one plant is used this day to create a very distinct, accomplished choice of natural details outdated and new. Parkinson’s transparent and vigorous description of a selected plant’s “vertues” or therapeutic homes side-by-side with the editors’ notes—including copious natural recipes—make this the suitable publication for college students and practitioners of herbalism, historians, and gardeners, all of whom will welcome this recovery of Parkinson’s misplaced classic.

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