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Theatrum Botanicum : the theater of plants. Or, a herball of a large extent... / distributed into sundry classes... by Dr. Lobel, Dr. Bonham... collected by John Parkinson, Apothecary of London and the Kings Herbarist 1640

34.5 x 10.5 cm (book measurement (inventory)) | RCIN 1167737

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John Parkinson was apothecary to James I and was given the title ‘Botanicus Regius Primarius’ by Charles I. Parkinson had a garden in Long Acre, Covent Garden, where he grew plant introductions which had been sought out for him by paid plant-gatherers. His Theatrum Botanicum includes 28 species previously unrecorded in Britain. The pineapple, described here as: ‘Scaly like an Artichoke at the first view, but more like to a cone of the Pine tree, which we call a pineapple to the forme’ had not yet been introduced to Britain at the time of writing.