17th c. Set/8 Van Rheede Botanicals
18.75″x 15″h, 31″x 28″h framed
An Antique Set of Dutch 17th c. Botanical Hand-colored Copperplate Engravings by Hendrick Adriaan van Rheede tot Drakenstein (1636-1691) in Heavy Wood Frames with Lightly Distressed Dark Slate Green and Gold Painted Finish
Plates 20 Elengi, 24 Coddam-pulli, 25 Atti-alu, 26 Jttij-alu, 31 Ericu, 47 Godaga-pala, 50 Ambalam, 54 nandi-ervatam major
Hortus Malabaricus is the oldest comprehensive printed book on the natural plant wealth of Asia and of the tropics. It was compiled and printed by Hendrik Adriaan van Rheede tot Draakestein, the then Dutch Governor of Cochin, a princely state of India, and published in 12 volumes, double folio size, in Amsterdam from 1678 through 1693.
Van Rheede’s Hortus Malabaricus is the result of 30 years of compiling and editing information from a team of the best of 17th century European physicians, sceintist, technicians, illustrators and engravers, which collaboration of scholars from all over India. It is of great importance today as a rare record of the plant wealth of Kerala (India) and medicinal uses of those plants, and is the only source of information about ancient Indian medicinal plants.