William B. Bean, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1967;119(1):1-3. doi:10.1001/archinte.1967.00290190049001.
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It WAS more than 50 years ago that Agnes Arber, a botanist who achieved outstanding distinction and many honors, first brought out this book, her classic study of the outlines of the evolution of the printed herbal in Europe for the 200 years between 1470 and 1670.. Because she felt that she lacked competence in medicine, this aspect was touched on only in a guarded way, and the strictly horticultural aspects were dealt with not at all. On the other hand, from the artistic point of view and from its elegance and general excellence, her book was recognized as a gem. From the beginning it had wide favor and was characterized by Punch as "One of the most beautiful and inspiring picture books it is possible to own." The narrative reflects Professor Arber's growing interest in herbals as it follows the traditional course of a bibliophile and book collector. She


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