Title The Tradescants: their plants, garden and museum 1570-1662
Book Condition Very Good
Jacket Condition Good
Edition 1st Edition
Size 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall
Publisher London Michael Joseph 1964
Seller ID 005397
Green cloth with title in gilt on spine. Condition: Very good, binding sound, text clean, no inscriptions. Dustjacket condition: Good, with general light shelfwear, light sunning to spine and some light soiling to top of rear cover of dustjacket. Not price-clipped. 345pp. Colour frontispiece and many b/w illustrations. In this book, the author tells the story of John Tradescant and his son, who were royal gardeners in the times of Charles I and Charles II. As well as being plant-hunters, they created the Musaeum Tradescantium, the first "Cabinet of Curiosities" to be open to the public in England. The contents of the museum were later acquired by the wealthy collector Elias Ashmole, who in 1691 gave it to Oxford University as the nucleus of the newly founded Ashmolean Museum.