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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Here Gerard discusses the tulip, “a strange and forrein floure. The Correspondence of John Ray: Several leaves feature marginalia of various hands. Although Renaissance herbalists were critical of medieval practices, they inherited the tradition of plant portraiture from their predecessors.

The Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes ()

Ein Garten Eden by H. When Gerard discovered L’Obel’s thankless efforts, he had him dismissed. It is situated in the River Weaver valley, about 4 miles 6 km southwest of Crewe. Retrieved 3 November Wikimedia Commons has media related to John Gerard.

The Herball not only introduced newly discovered plants to England, but also contributed new words to the English language to accommodate these additions. Thomas Johnson quickly revised the text, which was issued in and was received so well that it was published again in Gerard was one of the most respected plant experts of his time, but, strangely, he was not the primary author of the famous herbal that bears his name.


Substantial portions of the Herball were reprinted in andand it remains a popular book for those interested in plant remedies.

Introduction of North American plants into European herbals”. To dig up the mandrake and hear its cries meant certain death, so ancient herbalists instructed people to tie a dog to the mandrake and force the animal to pull it up, thereby killing the dog but saving themselves.

NantwichCheshire, England. It is thought he resided in a tenement with a garden belonging to Lord Burghley. Ali was the first fighter to win the world…. This became popular, and he received gifts of seeds and plants from around the world. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikisource. How, Johh in Latin.

According to Anna PavordGerard was a doer, not a thinker and a plantsman, not a scholar. Both Fuchs and L’Obel were early botanists who worked empirically with plants.

John Gerard

Not until the early s did the potato finally become a staple in the European diet. Nothing is known of his parentage, [1] [2] but uerball coat of arms on his Herball implies he was a member of the Gerards of Ince. In addition, what should be page 33 is numbered 29, and so forth, so that all pages following the 33rd page are four numbers off. While doing so, his gardeners supposedly tasted one of the large, underground tubers and thus discovered, very much by accident, the culinary value of the plant.


To this day Yucca bears the name Gerard gave it. While an apprentice, he traveled and found several previously unknown plants in Britain, then continued his botanical explorations and published two books on the subject: Jackson, Benjamin Daydon The following year, he received the picture itself. English naturalists from Neckham to Ray: Gerrard’s garden” in East Smithfield, but this was not proceeded with. Old English herbals With the death of Priest, however, as Gerard shamelessly professes to the reader, “his translation likewise perished” and he appropriated it as “the first fruits of these myne owne Labours.

Gerard, John []. 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.

Illustrations hedball the Herball For example, he wrote of the entry on the saffron crocus hetball, “Our author in this chapter was gerardd many minds. From Johm, the free encyclopedia. Garret was a Huguenot living and working in London, and gearrd neighbour of L’Obel.