John Gerard

John Gerard<br>[[Book frontispiece|Frontispiece]] of 1636 edition of ''Herball'' John Gerard (also John Gerarde, c. 1545–1612) was an English herbalist with a large garden in London. His 1,484-page illustrated ''Herball, or Generall Historie of Plantes'', first published in 1597, became a popular gardening and herbal book in English in the 17th century. Except for some added plants from his own garden and from North America, Gerard's ''Herbal'' is largely a plagiarized English translation of Rembert Dodoens's 1554 herbal, itself highly popular in Dutch, Latin, French and other English translations. Gerard's ''Herball'' drawings of plants and the printer's woodcuts are mainly derived from Continental European sources, but there is an original title page with a copperplate engraving by William Rogers. Two decades after Gerard's death, the book was corrected and expanded to about 1700 pages. The botanical genus ''Gerardia'' was named after Gerard. Provided by Wikipedia
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