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Hendrik Adriaan van Rheede tot Drakenstein

Todda Panna Botanical Engravings

1678 - 1703

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A group of engravings of Todda Panna palms.

  • Sold as a set of 4.
  • Hendrik Adriaan van Rheede tot Drakenstein (Dutch).
  • Plates drawn by Matteus A. St. Joseph and engraved by B. Stoopendael.
  • Amsterdam: Sumptibus viduae Joannis van Someren, haeredum Joannis van Dyck, Henrici & viduae Theodori Boom, 1678-1703.
  • Copper engraved double-page plates, from Hortus Indicus Malabaricus.
  • These works are presented framed.

The Hortus Indicus is the first comprehensive Flora of the East Indies, containing the first illustrations of a great number of tropical and suptropical plants and fruits and one of the first major natural history works to make extensive use of Arabic Botanical nomenclature. “One of the most celebrated of pre-Linnean important contribution to the Botany and Ethnobotany of Southern India” (Blunt and Stearn The Art of Botanical Illustration p. 153). Rheede was the colonial governor of Malabar on the southwest coast of India and, when not occupied with official duties, an enthusiastic botanist and investigator of the Indian sub-tropical flora. Initially he encouraged local people to collect plants for him and employed learned Brahmins to supply information.

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Minor signs of age.


Height: 16.93 inches / 43 cm
Width: 20.55 inches / 52.2 cm



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