cloth, 163 pp., ISBN 978–0–7546–6586–1, $99.95.
This brief book, in only five chapters plus an epilogue and a dozen black-and-white illustrations, provides an excellent context for the development of botany in the 1500s and early 1600s in England. It focuses on two important figures, William Turner (1508–1568) and John Gerard (1545–1612), providing a window into their intellectual and cultural significance. Knight brings together a variety of rich resources in weaving a well-written explanation of the very different role of plants centuries ago in England. However, the high price of this book will mean that it will not finds its way into the hands of students and scholars, except through their hopefully well-endowed libraries. Perhaps the publisher will release a less expensive, paperback version of this book, which certainly could be used as a textbook in some undergraduate and graduate courses.
— Edward J. Valauskas, curator of rare books, Lenhardt Library, Chicago Botanic Garden