Herbals, Their Origin and Evolution: A Chapter in the History of Botany, 1470-1670

Herbals, Their Origin and Evolution: A Chapter in the History of Botany, 1470-1670

Herbals, Their Origin and Evolution: A Chapter in the History of Botany, 1470-1670

Herbals, Their Origin and Evolution: A Chapter in the History of Botany, 1470-1670

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In recent years marked advances have been made in the study of the history of botany, and I am grateful to the Syndics of the Cambridge University Press for giving me the opportunity of revising this book in the light of newer knowledge. In the process of rewriting I have experienced, to the full, both how essential and how difficult it is to follow Flaubert's advice: "Quant aux corrections, avant d'en faire une seule, remédite l'ensemble." In the attempt to refashion the book into greater wholeness, I have been helped by my daughter Muriel's criticism.

I have kept the general plan of the volume unaltered, but I have repaired certain omissions in Chapter IV by adding sections dealing with botany in Spain and Portugal, and with the origin of herbaria. Now that the literature of the history of science has become a world in itself, I should have liked to give references, page by page, for all the facts or opinions which I owe to previous writers, but this would have involved increasing the size of the book unduly, and burdening the text with an apparatus of footnotes, which would have been oppressive to the general reader. I have, however, trebled the number of works mentioned in the list of sources (Appendix II), and I have indexed it under subjects (Appendix III); students will thus, I hope, be enabled to check and amplify my statements.

My study of herbals has now extended over so long a period, that to recall all those who have given me help would lengthen this introduction beyond measure; all that I can do is to supplement the acknowledgments in my former preface by alluding to the most outstanding of my present debts. In the first place, I must name Prof. Sir Albert C. Seward, F.R.S.; it was out of a suggestion of his that this . . .

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