Cabbages Letterpress Greeting Card
This greeting card was made on a letterpress which gives it a lovely tactile feeling of ridges and impressions. It would also look smashing framed on a wall. The image is taken from John Parkinson’s 1629 ‘Paradisi in Sole Paradisus Terrestris’, currently held at The National Library of Scotland. John Parkinson was the herbalist to James I, Royal Botanist to Charles I, and the 17th-century apothecary whom history forgot. In 'Paradisi', Parkinson was the first Englishman to write about decorative gardens and no other book describes the history, appearance and medicinal qualities of plants in such evocative detail, capped with beautiful wood engravings.