A much later
book that also stresses the importance of the microcosm is John
Gerard's (1545-1612) herbal.
The Herball Or Generall Historie of Plantes. Gathered by
John Gerarde of London Master in Chirvrgerie. Imprinted at London
by John Norton, 1597.
copy of this fine herbal is very special, for the plants are hand
colored using vegetable dyes. Except for its large size, the book
could be used as a field guide, so accurately are the plants displayed.
When compared with the Hortus sanitatis, approximately 100
years earlier, one can see how the portrayal of plants has changed
from the stylized to the realistic. In the early work, it would
be impossible to identify the plant in the field.