Parkinson's Paradisus; was : RE: Carefree or Undependable

Jim McKenney
Tue, 06 May 2008 16:34:31 PDT
Roger Whitlock mentioned John Parkinson’s Paradisus of 1629.

The full title of the work is Paradisi in Sole Paradisus Terrestris. It’s a
pun on the author’s name; the title can be punningly translated as
Parkinson’s (the park in sun’s, paradise in sole, of the title) Earthly
Paradise (one of several possibilities). The  only nominative noun in the
title is Paradisus, and to generations of gardeners it has been
affectionately known as “the Paradisus”. Some modern writers, not trained in
Latin, clumsily refer to it as the Paradisi. 

For that explanation I should gratefully accept a bulb of the Prince-Bishop
of Eichstätt’s daffodil. 

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, 39.03871º North, 77.09829º West, USDA zone
7, where Hyacinthoides hispanica is now blooming. 
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