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Herbals : Their Origin and Evolution - Agnes Arber


Their Origin and Evolution

By: Agnes Arber (Editor)

Paperback Published: 9th February 1987
ISBN: 9780521338790
Number Of Pages: 444

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Herbals deal primarily with medicinal and culinary herbs, their real and supposed properties and virtues, and in origin they go back at least to the Ancient Greeks. During the 16th and 17th centuries they developed into attractively illustrated printed books, the forerunners of modern botanical and pharmaceutical textbooks. Agnes Arber's Herbals (first published in 1912, much revised in 1938) stands as the major survey of the period 1470 to 1670 when botany evolved into a scientific discipline separate from herbalism, a development reflected in contemporary herbals. Every work on herbals since 1912 has been indebted to Arber's classic.

The present volume in the Cambridge Science Classics series, while retaining her main text unaltered, supplements this with two of her later writings on herbals, provides a biographical introduction, greatly extends the bibliography and has annotations modifying the original text through later enquiry.

This added material will make this re-issue invaluable to librarians, historians of science, book-lovers and all with an interest in the early development of botany, pharmacy and book production, even if they already possess the long-unobtainable 1938 edition.

Preface to the second edition, 1938p. vii
From the Preface to the first edition, 1912p. xi
Introduction, 'Agnes Arber's Herbals'p. xxv
The Early History of Botany
Introductoryp. 1
Aristotelian Botanyp. 2
Medicinal Botanyp. 6
The Earliest Printed Herbals (Fifteenth Century)
The Encyclopaedia of Bartholomaeus Anglicus and The Book of Naturep. 13
The Herbarium of Apuleius Platonicusp. 14
The Latin Herbariusp. 20
The German Herbarius and related worksp. 22
The Hortus (Ortus) sanitatisp. 28
The Early History of the Herbal in England
The Herbarium of Apuleius Platonicusp. 38
Banckes' Herballp. 41
The grete herballp. 44
The Botanical Renaissance of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries
The Herbal in Germanyp. 52
The Herbal in the Low Countriesp. 79
The Herbal in Italyp. 92
The Herbal in Spain and Portugalp. 104
The Herbal in Switzerlandp. 110
The Herbal in Francep. 116
The Herbal in Englandp. 119
The Origin of Herbariap. 138
The Revival of Aristotelian Botanyp. 143
The Evolution of the Art of Plant Descriptionp. 146
The Evolution of Plant Classificationp. 163
The Evolution of the Art of Botanical Illustrationp. 185
The Doctrine of Signatures, and Astrological Botanyp. 247
Conclusionsp. 264
A chronological list of the principal herbals and related botanical works published between 1470 and 1670p. 271
An alphabetical list of the historical and critical works consulted during the preparation of this book (1938) with additional references markedp. 286
Subject Index to Appendix IIp. 303
Annotationsp. 308
Appendix V
Offprint: The colouring of sixteenth-century herbalsp. 315
Reprint: From medieval herbalism to the birth of modern botanyp. 319
Indexp. 339
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ISBN: 9780521338790
ISBN-10: 0521338794
Series: Cambridge Science Classics
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 444
Published: 9th February 1987
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.94 x 15.34  x 2.72
Weight (kg): 0.71
Edition Number: 3

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