- Author: Rheede tot Draakestein
- Date: 1678-1703
- Medium: Hand-colored copperplate engraving
- Condition: Very good
- Inches: 18 1/4" x 15"
- Centimeters: 46.79 x 38.46
- Price: $1,100.00
From Hortus Indicus Malabaricus, continenes regni malabarici apud Indos celeberrimi omnis generis plantas rariores.
Governor of Malabar from 1669 to 1676, and from 1864 the chief representative of the Dutch East India Company in India, Draakestein (1635-1691) combined botany with his diplomatic duties and, thanks both to the abilities of Pietro Foglia, a Discalced Carmelite also known as Matteus a St. Joseph, to whom the drawings are attributed, and a succession of knowledgable editors and annotators, he succeeded in bringing many tropical and sub-tropical plants before European eyes for the first time. Blunt and Stern call the work 'one of the most celebrated of pre-Linnean books ... an important contribution to the botany and ethnobotany of Southern India' (Art of Botanical Illustration, p. 153).
References: Arnold Arboretum p. 594; Hunt 267; Nissen BBI 1625; Pritzel 7585; Stafleu and Cowan 9123.
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