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A New Herball, originally published in three parts during the second half of the sixteenth century, was the first English herbal with any pretensions to scientific status. As such, it provided a landmark in the history of botany and herbalism, breaking new ground in its accuracy of observation and its scientific thoroughness. For the first time since its original publication, the entire Herball is now available in a facsimile edition which faithfully reproduces the beautiful sixteenth-century black-letter text and woodcut illustrations. To aid the twentieth-century reader, a modernised transcript, together with keyed-in notes, a glossary of unfamiliar terms and comprehensive indexes have been provided. Biographical information on this influential physician, naturalist and cleric is also included to give an indication of his contribution to sixteenth-century English history.
Volume 1: Acknowledgements; Preface; Introductory matter; A New Herball (Part I, 1551); Transcript; Glossary; Notes; Further reading; Index of Turner's chapter headings; Index of persons; Index of places; Index of Turner's English names; Index of modern English names; Index of scientific names; Index of virtues. Volume 2: Preface; William Turner: an assessment; A New Herball (Part II, 1562); Transcript; Notes to Part II; A New Herball (Part III, 1568); Transcript; Notes to Part III; Glossary; List of references; Index of Turner's chapter headings; Index of persons; Index of places; Index of Turner's English names; Index of modern English names; Index of scientific names; Index of virtues.