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The Herbalist's Bible

In this book, the authors have made a selection of herbs from John Parkinson's Theatrum Botanicum of 1640, and reproduced his "Vertues" for each plant opposite a modern commentary.

ISBN: 978-1906122515

£25.00

Herbalist to King Charles I, John Parkinson (1567-1650) was a master apothecary, herbalist and gardener. Famous in his own lifetime for his influential books, his magnus opus was published in 1640, his Theatrum Botanicum, which ran to 1,788 large pages. The sheer scope and size was perhaps to prove the book's downfall because, while it was much revered and indeed plagiarised, it was never reprinted and now has the status of an extremely valuable rare book.

Parkinson was writing at a time when Western herbalism was at its zenith and his skills as a plantsman (from his grounds in Covent Garden) combined perfectly with his passion for science, observation and historical scholarship. In this editor's selection, Julie and Matthew have printed Parkinson's clear and lively description of a chosen plant's vertues or healing properties, adding their own modern commentary and a contemporary take on his almost-forgotten herbal recipes. Busy herbalists and keen amateurs will welcome this restoration and sensible highlighting of Parkinson's huge lost classic.

The selected plants covered in this book are:

Agrimony & hemp agrimony 

Archangels & deadnettles  

Balm & motherwort 

Betony 

Blackthorn 

Bugle 

Burdock 

Burnet 

Burnet saxifrage 

Celandine 

Centaury 

Chicory 

Chili, cayenne 

Cleavers 

Coca 

Coltsfoot 

Comfrey 

Corn 

Daisies 

Dandelion 

Dock 

Elder 

Elecampane 

Eyebright 

Feverfew 

Figwort 

Goldenrod 

Ground ivy 

Groundsel 

Hawthorn 

Honeysuckle

Horsetail 

Houseleek

Hyssop 

Ivy

Jasmine 

Knapweed 

Lady’s bedstraw

Lady’s mantle

Liquorice

Lovage 

Marjoram 

Meadowsweet 

Milk thistle 

Mint

Mistletoe 

Mugwort

Mullein 

Nettles

Onion, leek & garlic

Pellitory of the wall 

Pimpernel 

Poppies

Primroses & cowslips 

Rosemary 

Sage

Sanicle 

Sassafras 

Savory 

Seaweed 

Selfheal 

Solomon’s seal 

Sorrel 

St John’s wort 

Strawberry 

Thyme 

Tobacco 

Tomato 

Tribulus 

Vervain 

Violets & heartsease

Watercress

Weld 

Woodruff 

Yarrow

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