(17 1/4 x 10 3/4 inches). 3 lithographed portraits, 210 lithographed plates (159 hand-colored, several folding), including 12 views. Scattered minor foxing to the text. Early green half morocco and cloth, spine with raised bands in six compartments, lettered in the second and fourth, the others with a repeat decoration in gilt, marbled endpapers, gilt edges Very rare flora of the East Indies, illustrated with hand colored plates. A magnificent work on the flora of the East Indies, the work comprises plants previously undescribed in the floras of Rheede tot Draakestein, Rumpf, Roxburgh, and Wallich, as well as Blume's own Flora Javae. The plates are after Blume, Arckenhausen, Berghaus, Bick, Decaisne, Gordon, Latour, Lauters and Payen, lithographed by A. Henrey and Cohen, P. Lauters and G. Severeyns. Blume was a German-born Dutch botanist and explorer who travelled and worked extensively in Java, where he was the first director of the Buitenzorg Botanic Gardens. Later in life he served as the long-time director of the Rijksherbarium in Leiden. The title refers to Dutch East India Company botanist George Eberhard Rumpf (1627-1702). Blume saw himself as continuing Rumpf's pioneering work, and, indeed, was acknowledged as his spiritual disciple with the cognomen Rumphius. Published in parts over a thirteen year period, the work is quite rare, with the only complete set in the auction records being the De Belder copy. Great Flower Books, p.50; Nissen BBI 178; Stafleu TL2 566. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Rumphia, sive commentationes botanicae ...
Publisher: C. G. Sulpke [etc.]
Publication Date: 1848
Binding: 4 volumes, folio
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