AMBONESE HERBAL VOLUMES 1-6


AMBONESE HERBAL VOLUMES 1-6

GEORGIUS EVERHARDUS RUMPHIUS    Book Number: 90179    Product format: Hardback

Rumphius (1627-1702), founder of Indonesia Botanical Exploration and one of the greatest naturalists of the 17th century, was the first to describe tropical orchids in a western language and within the pages of his monumental six volume Ambonese Herbal, written in Dutch, and here translated, annotated and with an introduction by E. M. Beekman, describes the plant, names it according to a pre-Linnaean system of nomenclature, gives its locality, and details its medicinal and non-medicinal uses. Imported from the USA, we are delighted to offer all six volumes in this impressive Yale University Press publication in conjunction with the National Tropical Botanical Garden illustrated first edition set. Rumphius assiduously gathered information on the native plants of Ambon Island and its archipelago and his cultural and scientific treasury is of incomparable value for today's botanists, anthropologists, ethnobotanists, science historians, medicinal chemists and scholars of all levels. The complete reference has 111 original illustrations, describes in remarkable detail mor than 2,000 plants names in Malay, Latin, Dutch and Ambonese and often in Macassarese and South Chinese as well. Volume One is an introduction and Book One containing all sorts of trees that bear edible fruits and are husbanded by people. 526pp. Volume Two contains Book Two containing the aromatic trees being those that have aromatic fruits, barks or redolent wood, Book Three containing those trees which produce some resin, notable flowers or hurtful milk and Book Four containing the wild trees that provide timber. 656pp. Volume Three contains Book Five dealing with the remaining wild trees in particular order, Book Six concerning shrubs, domesticall and wild and Book Seven containing the forest ropes and creeping shrubs. 704 pages. Volume Four contains Book Eight containing potherbs used for food, medicine and sport and Book Nine concerning bind weeds as well as twining and creeping plants. 608pp. Volume Five contains Book 10 concerning wild plants at random, Book 11 dealing with the remaining wild plants and Book 12 concerning the little sea trees and stony sea growths which resemble plants; Auctuariam or augmentation of The Ambonese Herbal. 624pp. Volume Six is a complete index of common scientific names and is a slim hardback. Each volume is clothbound with gilt embossed title, sturdy binding and matching border illustration of 16th century tropical discovery. A superb set to collect for all interested in colonial literature, rare and exotic species and beautiful engraving and line art illustration. With maps and hundreds of illus including the Jambolans, Mangostan, Wild Dragon and the Nam Nam Tree among them. Rare first edition import for UK sale only and sold as a complete set.
Published price: £350
Bibliophile price: £180.00


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