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Theatrum botanicum

Item ref: LIB23

Due to the popularity of Thomas Johnson's edition of Gerard's Herball, Parkinson's planned herbal did not appear until 1640. The herbal was a compilation of botanical writings including the unpublished work left by de l'Obel after his death. The Theatrum botanicum contains twenty-eight new species never previously mentioned before. Two of the more famous plants include the strawberry tree and the lady's slipper orchid. The leather binding of our 1640 edition is disintegrating and nearly coming apart.


Needs to be rebound in full leather and lettered, saving the old endpapers. It would not be possible to save the fragments of the original binding as it has been treated with oil that has made it brittle and flaky.

Subject area: Botany/Herbals 

Estimated conservation cost: £540