¶ Gerard — Herball (1636)

June 4, 2014

17th cent.

Gerard, John. The herball or generall historie of plantes, gathered by John Gerarde of London master in chirurgerie, very much enlarged and amended by Thomas Johnson, citizen and apothecarie of London. London: Adam Islip, Joice Norton, and Richard Whitakers, 1636.

Morris signature and address (Kelmscott House) on flyleaf. A note by Wilfrid Scawen Blunt indicates that he colored the woodcuts. Note by Cockerell in MS catalogue (2): “This copy of Gerarde inscribed ‘William Morris, Kelmscott House, Upper Mall, Hammersmith 1890’ was bought at the sale of part of Morris’s library in Dec 1898 by Wilfrid Scawen Blunt who coloured many of the woodcuts as he found the flowers and gave the book to me Christmas 1906.”

Provenance: Morris (purchased for £3 10s.). — Richard Bennett. — Sotheby 1898, lot 545 (sold to Quaritch for £6). — Bernard Quaritch. — Wilfrid Scawen Blunt. — Sydney Cockerell (gift from Blunt, Christmas, 1906). — Cockerell sale, Sotheby, 10 December 1956, lot 115 (sold to William Morris Gallery). — William Morris Gallery (K776).

References: Ellis valuation, fol. 49b (£4). — ESTC (S122175). — MS catalogue (1), fol. 16. — MS catalogue (2), unnumbered sequence.

Digital versions: EEBO. — Internet Archive.


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