THE first edition of Dr. Agnes Arber's delightful book on herbals has long been out of print, and the appearance of a new and enlarged edition is therefore doubly welcome. It gives a clear account of the evolution of the printed herbal in Europe between the years 1470 and 1670, primarily from a botanical and secondarily from an artistic point of view. The first chapter deals with the early history of botany, touching on the philosophical treatises of Theophrastus (b. 370 B.C.) and Albertus Magnus (d. A.D. 1280), and the materia medica of Dioscorides, which for sixteen centuries was regarded as the most authoritative work on the subject.


Their Origin and Evolution ; a Chapter in the History of Botany, 1470–1670. By Dr. Agnes Arber. A new edition, rewritten and enlarged. Pp. xxiv+326+27 plates. (Cambridge: At the University Press, 1938.) 21s. net.

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S., T. Herbals. Nature 142, 272–273 (1938). https://doi.org/10.1038/142272a0

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