Parkinson Paradisi in Sole Herbals

While our images are electronically watermarked, the antique prints themselves are not.

Damask, Hungarian Rose PS415 SOLD
Each print measures approximately 8 3/4 by 14 1/2 inches

John Parkinson was a professional apothecary who wrote Paradisi in Sole, Paradisus Terrestris, published in 1629. The title is a pun, translating as “Park-in-sun's earthly paradise”. Christopher Switzer provided the woodcuts for this work, with many after Clusius & Lobel. Parkinson was an original member of the Society of Apothecaries founded in 1617 and served as First Botanist to the King under Charles I.

His true love was his garden, like many of us today.  He was fortunate enough to retire early on and devote himself to this walled garden at  Long Acre where he grew over 484 types of plants.  As the foremost gardener & herbalist of the time, he was a close friend of other luminaries in the botanical world such as John Gerard, and John Tradescant the elder.

We are offering a selection of prints from the 1904 facsimile edition of Paradisi in Sole published by Methuen & Co. in London & a faithful reproduction of the original & now an antique in its own right!  No expense was spared in this publication and the prints are on beautifully hand made chain lined paper with text on the verso as in the original & in pristine condition. Each print measures approximately 8 3/4 by 14 1/2 inches and is accompanied by a copy of the decorative title page.

The prints have been carefully & beautifully  hand coloured for us in the style of these ancient herbals by our English colorist who is an artist in her own right. They are a delightful picture of the English garden as it existed in the seventeenth century, when many of the same flowers were grown that we still prize today.

We accept credit cards & PayPal. Washington state residents pay Washington state sales tax. Shipping for this item is $9.95. Items can be combined to save on postage. International shipping is $35 for any number of prints and buyers are responsible for all customs duties. Our environment is smoke free. We pack professionally using only new materials. All items are beautifully wrapped and suitable for sending directly as gifts. You may return any item within 7 days if not satisfied. To order, you may call us at 1-888-PANTEEK, or send email to


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