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PARKINSON, John.

Paradisi in sole paradisus terrestris.

Or, A choise garden of all sorts of rarest flowers, with their nature, place of birth, time of flowring, names, and vertues to each plant, useful in physick, or admired for beauty. To which is annext a kitchin-garden furnished with all manner of herbs, ro

Stock Code
103710
London, printed by R.N. and are to be sold by Richard Thrale at his shop at the signe of the Cross-Keys at Pauls-gate, going into Cheap-side, 1656
£4,750

An attractive copy of Parkinson's first and best-loved book, the first work published on English gardening, with descriptions of almost 1000 plants.

'The Paradisus is divided into three parts dealing respectively with the flower garden, the kitchen garden, and the orchard ... Regarding the section on flowers, Parkinson confesses that he had seen many divers books on flowers but no work devoted exclusively to the description of plants suitable for 'a garden of delight and pleasure'. He therefore undertook the Paradisus in which he here 'selected and set forth a garden of all the chiefest for choyce, and fairest for shew, from among all the severall tribes and kindreds of natures beauty'. Part of the charm of the Paradisus lies in the author's love of plants and his sensibility of their beauty, feeling strongly reflected throughout his writing. His book is of interest and value as a record of the state

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Description

The second impression much corrected and enlarged. Folio (34 x 22.5 cm), [12], 612, [16] pp., additional xylographic allegorical title-page, numerous full-page woodcuts of plants throughout, a few gatherings browned, last leaf trimmed at foot, contemporary sprinkled calf, rebacked, an attractive example.

Bibliography

Henrey 285; Nissen BBI, 1489.

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