PARKINSON, John (1567-1650)
Paradisi in sole paradisus terrestris. Or, A choise Garden of all sorts of Rarest Flowers...To which is annext a Kitchin-Garden furnished with all manner of Herbs, Roots, and Fruits... With the Art of planting an Orchard of all sorts of fruit-bearing Trees and Shrubs... All unmentioned in former Herbals... The second Impression much Corrected and Enlarged
London: printed by R.N., to be sold by Richard Thrale, 1656. Folio, bound in sixes. , 612, pp. Woodcut additional title engraved by Switzer, 1 full-page woodcut of parterre designs, 109 full-page woodcuts of plants (82 of flowers, 15 of vegetables and herbs and 12 of trees), 3 small woodcuts within the text. Publisher's ad on verso of the terminal leaf. Some leaves toned.
Contemporary calf, covers ruled in blind, spine with raised bands, red morocco lettering piece, repairs to joints.
Provenance: Peter Du Cane (armorial bookplate); Knut Olav Thulesius (bookplate)
The expanded second edition of "one of the most beloved of all early English books on gardening" (Hunt).
This important work is divided into three parts dealing with the flower garden, the kitchin garden and the orchard and was apparently based on the contents of Parkinson's own garden. In it he gives practical advice to the gardener and describes nearly 1,000 plants - many of them exotics. "...it does give a very complete picture of the English garden at the beginning of the 17th century, and in such a delightful... literary style that gardeners cherish it even to the present day" (Hunt).
Arber Herbals p.135; Henrey I, 285; Hunt 267; Johnston Cleveland Collections 221; cf. Nissen BBI 1489; Wing P-495.