To see accurate pricing, please choose your delivery country.
United States
All Shops

British Wildlife

8 issues per year 84 pages per issue Subscription only

British Wildlife is the leading natural history magazine in the UK, providing essential reading for both enthusiast and professional naturalists and wildlife conservationists. Published eight times a year, British Wildlife bridges the gap between popular writing and scientific literature through a combination of long-form articles, regular columns and reports, book reviews and letters.

Subscriptions from £33 per year

Conservation Land Management

4 issues per year 44 pages per issue Subscription only

Conservation Land Management (CLM) is a quarterly magazine that is widely regarded as essential reading for all who are involved in land management for nature conservation, across the British Isles. CLM includes long-form articles, events listings, publication reviews, new product information and updates, reports of conferences and letters.

Subscriptions from £26 per year
Academic & Professional Books  History & Other Humanities  History of Science & Nature

Crocologia A Detailed Study of Saffron, the King of Plants

By: Johann Ferdinand Hertodt(Author), Sally Francis(Translated by), Maria Teresa Ramandi(Translated by)
323 pages, 3 b/w illustrations
Publisher: E J Brill
Click to have a closer look
  • Crocologia ISBN: 9789004423534 Hardback Jul 2020 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 1-2 weeks
Price: £195.00
About this book Contents Customer reviews Biography Related titles

About this book

In Crocologia: A Detailed Study of Saffron, the King of Plants, Sally Francis and Maria Teresa Ramandi present the first translation into English of Johann Ferdinand Hertodt’s seminal 1671 work Crocologia, a book uniquely devoted to the medical uses of saffron. Hertodt discusses saffron’s origin, related species, cultivation, selection, properties and lists all its pharmaceutical preparations. Hertodt then journeys through diseases of the human body, presenting saffron-containing formulae for their treatment.

The two authors complement the translation with a biography of Hertodt, and detail saffron’s botany, current production, uses, its changing reputation as a drug, and review findings from new medical research. There is a full Glossary, and translation of a contemporary animadversion of Crocologia by Hertodt’s rival, Wenzel Maximilian Ardensbach.


List of Figures

 1  Crocologia and Its Author
 2  Saffron
 3  Saffron in Orthodox European Medicine after Crocologia
 4  Conclusion

Notes on Our Translation Methods

Translated Text

Frontispiece, Title Page, Dedications, and Cabalistichon
I Etymology and Description of the Saffron Crocus. (Where Do Names Come From? Origin of the Name Crocus. What Is Saffron?)
II Attributes, and Species, of Saffron. (This Chapter Describes Saffron, Autumnal & Vernal Wild Crocus Species, plus also Safflower)
III Native Place, and Time When Saffron Emerges and Flowers
IV Cultivation of Saffron. (Preferred Soil, How Planted and When, Means of Destroying Mice & Moles, Mouse-Traps, Recipe for “Multiplicative Solution”)
V Selection of Saffron. (Methods of Adulteration & How to Spot Them, Places That the Best Saffron Comes From)
VI Properties of Saffron. (Virtues of Saffron, Effects of Overdosing, Death of Pack-Horses Carrying Lots of Saffron)
VII Uses of Preparations of Saffron. (Exhaustive Descriptions of Recipes: Two Culinary Recipes; The Rest Are for Specific Medicinal Preparations of Saffron Ranging from Spirit of Saffron to Elaeosaccharum of Saffron. Notes with the Recipes of Which Diseases the Different Preparations Can Be Used For. Interesting Uses for Whole Saffron-Flowers and for Corms)
IIX Diseases of the Brain. (Sections Describing Symptoms & Causes, Associated Folklore, plus Suitable Recipes [Including Saffron] for Treating: Cephalgia or Headache, Paralysis, Vertigo, Epilepsy, Lethargy, Amnesia, Incubus, Catarrh, Agrypnia or Wakefulness, Phrenitis, Mania)
IX Diseases of the Eyes. (Same Format as Above: Ophthalmia, Cataract or Opacity of the Cornea, Phlyctens, Ungula, Aegilops, Procidentia of the Eye, Swelling of the Eyelids)
X Diseases of the Ears. (Same Format: Deafness, Tinnitus, Earache, Parotitis, Ear Discharges, Ulcer of the Ear)
XII [No Chapter XI in Original] Diseases of the Teeth and the Tongue. (Same Format: Odontalgia, Prunella, Paralysis of the Tongue)
XIII Diseases of the Chest. (Same Format: Angina, Asthma, Coughs, Phthisis, Pleurisy, Pneumonia, Empyema)
XIV Diseases of the Heart. (Same Format: Syncope, Heart Palpitations)
XV Diseases of the Stomach. (Same Format: Heartburn, Anorexia or Inappetence, Hiccups, Nausea)
XVI Diseases of the Intestines. (Same Format: Hernia, Worms, Blind Haemorrhoids, Bleeding Haemorrhoids, Dysentery, Tenesmus, Diarrhoea, Colic)
XVII Diseases of the Liver. (Same Format: Inflammation of the Liver, Hepatitis, Dropsy, Jaundice, Obstruction of the Liver, Distemper of the Liver)
XVIII Diseases of the Spleen. (Same Format: Obstruction of the Spleen, Hypochondria, Scurvy)
XIX Diseases of the Kidney and Bladder. (Same Format: The Stone, Urinary Retention, Impotence in Sexual Intercourse)
XX Diseases of Women. (Same Format: Sterility, Chlorosis, Menstrual Retention, Uterine Haemorrhoids, Hysteric Passion, Distokia or Difficult Birth, Pain after Childbirth, Mola, Retained Secundines, Retained Lochia)
XXI Fevers. (Same Format: Fevers, Plague)
XXII Diseases of the External Parts. (Same Format: Erysipelas, Arthritis, Tumour, Scrofula, Breast Inflammation, Burns, Gangrene, Ecchymosis, Wounds, Ulcers, Synovia)
XXIII The Mechanical Uses of Saffron. (Hair Dyes, Inks, Coloured Sugar)

Questions Concerning Saffron (I. Is Saffron a Remedy against Monkshood? II. Does Saffron Prevent Intoxication or, Rather, Cause It? III. Does Saffron Induce Sleep or Wakefulness? IV. Does Saffron Tinge a Foetus in the Womb?)
Illustration of Different Kinds of Crocuses, and Explicative Table

Appendix 1: Hertodt’s References
Appendix 2: Animadversion on Hertodt’s Crocologia by Wenzel Maximilian Ardensbach (1671)
Appendix 3: Glossary
Crocologia, Our References

Customer Reviews


Sally Francis, M.A. (Oxon.), D. Phil. (Oxon., 1996) is a botanist, specialising in niche crops. For the last decade, she has concentrated on saffron, extensively researching the plant and becoming the UK’s leading commercial grower of the spice.

Maria Teresa Ramandi, PhD (Cantab., 2016) is a Latinist with an interest in the History of Medicine. Her research has focused on the circulation of Latin texts in Northern Europe and their translation into vernacular languages.

By: Johann Ferdinand Hertodt(Author), Sally Francis(Translated by), Maria Teresa Ramandi(Translated by)
323 pages, 3 b/w illustrations
Publisher: E J Brill
Current promotions
Field Guide SaleNHBS Moth TrapNew and Forthcoming BooksBuyers Guides