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A set of six botanical engravings from 'Hortus Malabaricus'

A set of six botanical engravings from 'Hortus Malabaricus', each depicting a specimen of an Indian plant with fine contemporary hand-colouring, each lettered with the species name in Latin and various Eastern languages.

Published Amsterdam, 1678-1693
These engravings are taken from the first comprehensive printed work on Asiatic or tropical flora, the 'Hortus Malabaricus'. The project was undertaken (and in large part, written) by Hendrik Adriaan van Rheede tot Drakenstein (1636-1691), a soldier, colonial administrator of the Dutch East India Company and naturalist. As governor of Dutch Malabar, he employed a team of nearly one hundred to complete the work, consisting of numerous technicians, illustrators and engravers, amateur botanists and eminent Indian doctors and priests, notably the famous Itti Achuden.

Published in twelve volumes in Amsterdam between 1678 and 1693, many plants have their type illustrations in this work.

Trimmed without platemark

Platemarks: 33.5cm x 42cm

Price: £On reserve

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