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Rariorum Africanarum Plantarum, ad vivum delineatarum, Iconibus et descriptionibus illustratarum, decas prima ad decas decima.

Burmann, Johannes

Published by Amsterdam: Henricum Boussière, -. First edition., 1738
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Pp. viii, 268, (2, index), with ten engraved title pages, each with a charming engraved vignette of Table Bay in Cape Town, the first title page is printed in red and black; 100 full-page copper engravings depicting plants and flowers of the African flora - these plates are engraved after the drawings of Hendrik Claudius of Breslau. Recent one-half dark brown morocco leather over tan marbled boards, spine with seven gilt lacey panel lines, and with dark red morocco author/title label lettered in gilt, with plain original endpapers retained and with original colored page edges, 4to (270 x 230 mm). The author, Johannes Burmann, was a Dutch botanist and physician who specialized in plants from Ceylon, Amboina and Cape Colony. In 1735 Burmann invited the young Carl Linnaeus to visit, offering him accommodation in his home in Keizersgracht, Amsterdam. Burmann and Linneaus remained colleagues; Linnaeus later commemorated their friendship by naming the genus Burmannia and family Burmanniaceae after him (modified after Wiki). 'Rariorum Africanarum Plantarum' is a direct result of Dutch exploration of their seaborne empire. This work is of exceptional importance in the study of the South African flora as it described for the first time numerous new botanical species. Burmann provides some of the first descriptions and illustrations of many plants of the Cape of Good Hope. See also Nissen BBI, 302; Stafleu and Cowen, 929; Great Flower Books (1990), 83; Hunt, 508; Pritzel, 1390; and Plesch, 165. Old signature of Carol. Chesd. Menke at the top edge of the front free endpaper. Old sticker of London bookseller William Wesley in the bottom inside corner of the front endpaper. A very rare work. Light browning to the corners of the endpapers likely caused by the original glue used to attach the endpapers to the boards, the text and plates are remarkably bright and clean - there is only a touch of marginal foxing to a few text pages and only light tanning to a few plates, the recent binding, done in period style, is very attractive; a tight and clean copy in near fine condition. Bookseller Inventory # 6242

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Title: Rariorum Africanarum Plantarum, ad vivum ...

Publisher: Amsterdam: Henricum Boussière, -. First edition.

Publication Date: 1738

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Natural History Books is an independent, rare book retailer operating out of Iowa City, IA. The business is owned and operated by Noriko and Russell Ciochon. We only sell books through our NHB website and other book service websites. We do not offer books for sale within the state of Iowa. We specialize in rare and hard to find books in all areas of natural history especially ornithology, herpetology, ichthyology, mammalogy, paleontology, botany, evolutionary biology and travel and exploration. Our rare and hard-to-find book section has many fine hand-colored plate books. Our latest acquisition is the ichthyology and aquarium fish collection of Ross Socolof Books of Florida. We are always buying natural history books – if you have a collection to offer, please contact us at noriko@naturalhistorybooks.com or by calling (319) 354-9088.

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