Botanicals, Herbs, Lens Palustres, Ducks Meate, Rannculus Aquatilis, Water Crow-foot, Gerard
Upper image: "Lens palustres. Ducks meate"
Lower image: "Rannculus aquatilis. Water Crow-foot"
On the reverse side is text and two images:
"Hederula aquatica ( Water Iuie (ivy) and Stellaria aquatica Water Starwort"
A few spots.
Original antique print
Antique woodcuts by John Gerard from his "Herball" published in 1597.
The entire work contines text about the medicinal uses of each plant. Gerard was a botanist and apothecary and cultivated his own extensive garden in England. He often noted where the various plants could be found in England and elsewhere. These are some of the earliest prints made of many plants.
Notice the old English spelling of the time!
There are often images on both sides of the page as well as ample text (archaic English!) between the images. Often a bit of the backside text or image is visible on the front. Complete pages have binding marks in margin.
The colored prints have hand coloring. All prints are in good condition for their age unless otherwise mentioned. Minor signs of age and use are normal in prints this old. There is text and / or images on the reverse side.
Text on Page:
Of the History of Plants.
CHAP. 301. Of Ducks meate.
Duckes meate is as it were a certaine greene
Dmoffe, with very little round leases of the
bignesse of Lentils: out of the midst where-
of on the nether fide grow downe very fine threds
like haires, which are to them in stead of roots: it
hath neither stalke, floure, nor fruit.
It is found in pounds, lakes, city ditches, and
in other standing waters every where.
The time of Ducks meate is knowne to all.
Duckes meate is called in Latine Lens lacustris,
Lens aquatilis, and Lens palustris of the Apotheca
ties it is named Aque Lemicula in high-Dutch,
Meerlinten in low-Dutch, materlinten, and
more vfually Enden gruen, that is to fay, Anatum
herba, Ducks herbe, because Ducks doc feed there-
on; whereupon also in English it is called Ducks
meate: fome terme it after the Greeke water Len-
tils, and of others it is named Graines. The Itali ans call it Lent de palude: in French, Lentille d'ease:
in Spanish, Lenteias de agua.
Galen fheweth that it is cold and moist after a
fort in the second degree.
Diofcorides faith that it is a remedie against all A
manner of inflammations, Saint Anthonies fire,
and hot Agues, if they be either applied alone, or elfe vfed with partched barley meale. It alfo
knitteth ruptures in young children.
Ducks meate mingled with fine wheaten floure and applied, preuaileth much againft hot fwel- B
lings, as Phlegmons, Erifipelas, and the paines of the ioynts.
The fame doth helpe the fundament fallen downe in yong children.
CHAP. 302. Of Water Crom-foot.
1 Ranunculus aquatilis.