TOMASI, Lucia Tongiorgi (1939-); and Tony WILLIS
An Oak Spring Herbaria: Herbs and Herbals from the Fourteenth to the Nineteenth Centuries. A Selection of the Rare Books, Manuscripts and Works of Art in the Collection of Rachel Lambert Mellon
Upperville, Virginia: Oak Spring Garden Library, 2009. 4to. (11 1/4 x 9 5/8 inches). lviii, 394pp. Illustrations throughout.
Publisher's decorative cloth, dust jacket, patterned endpapers. Still in plastic wrapper, never opened.
An essential catalogue for botanists, collectors, historians, and herbalists.
This work is the fourth in a series of catalogues describing selections of rare books and other material in the Oak Spring Garden Library, a collection assembled by Mrs. Rachel Lambert Mellon. "Herbaria" describes 63 books and manuscripts about herbs spanning the 14th to 19th centuries by Brunfels, Culpeper, Monardes, and Linnaeus, among others, and includes beautiful illustrations taken from the works themselves. The list of chapters is as follows: Late Medieval Herbals; The Great Age of Renaissance Botany; Herbals and Plants from Distant Lands; Herbals by Herbalists, Pharmacists, and Physicians; Herbals of the Botanical Gardens and Private Gardens of Europe; Curious and Strange Herbals; Dried Specimens and Nature Printing; and American Herbals.