The Herbal Encyclopedia is one of the most widely acknowledged classic on the subject, which went into several editions when it was first published under the title The Universal Herbal. It quickly established itself as an authentic work of reference and was instrumental in laying the rules for the methodology of preparing such copious reference works in Botanical Sciences thereafter.
The obvious design of this work was to present a compendium of Botanical, Agricultural, and Medical knowledge, collected from the accumulated labours of the most eminent authors, and hitherto only to be obtained in separate and very voluminous publications.
The Herbal Encyclopedia is a valuable resource for those seeking more than the usual aspects of learning about our planet's valuable treasure of the plant world. Besides medicinal information, as well as beneficial properties of herbs, information on the properties of each herb and their culinary, medical and commercial uses.
Containing an account of all the known plants in the world arranged according to the linnean system. Uses to which they are or may be applied, whether as food, as medicine, or in the arts, and manufactures with the best methods of propagation Collected from indisputable authorities.