Ameri, Fig. 54

Hendrik Adriaan van Rheede tot Draakestein

Published by Amsterdam, 1693
Condition: Near Fine No Binding
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Hendrik Adriaan van Rheede tot Draakenstein was a Dutch traveler, the one time Governor of Cochin and a naturalist whom worked for the Dutch East India Company in the 17th century. In 1693 he published his work, “Hortus Indicus Malabaricus,” in twelve volumes. This publication is the oldest comprehensive book printed on the natural plant wealth of Asia and of the tropics, specifically the south Indian Malabar region. Van Rheede’s “Hortus Indicus Malabaricus” is the result of 30 years of compiling and editing information from a team of the best of 17th century European physicians, scientist, technicians, illustrators and engravers, whom collaborated with scholars from all over India. It is of great importance today as a rare record of the plant wealth of Kerala (India) and medicinal uses of those plants, and is the only source of information about ancient Indian medicinal plants. Comprising 1,595 pages of text, all in Latin, the original book contains descriptions and illustrations of 742 plants. Included in the plant descriptions are the medicinal properties of the plants, the respective diseases for which they were used for treatment and the modes of treatment as known to the ancient, renowned traditional physicians of Malabar (Kerala). This fine hand-colored engraving from “Hortus Indicus Malabaricus,” Ameri, Fig. 54, measures 15.25” x 18.75” and is in excellent condition with evidence of previous repair to the central crease and light staining throughout. As illustrated on this plate, the plants are described by their names in the regional language of Malayalam, which was the language used by the natives of Cohin during the 17th century. Expertly hand-colored, this engraving shows rich green leaves and a slender stem, all stylistically drawn with delicate buds and orange flowers springing to life. Adding a scientific aspect to this engraving, part of the root system is illustrated as well as individual flowers and the seed pods. Bookseller Inventory # aa0408e

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Title: Ameri, Fig. 54

Publisher: Amsterdam

Publication Date: 1693

Binding: No Binding

Book Condition:Near Fine

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