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COMMELIN, Johannes.
Catalogus plantarum Horti Medici Amstelodamensis.Amsterdam, Rudolf & Gerard Wetstein, 1702. Small 8vo. With an engraved frontispiece and a woodcut printer's device on the title-page. Contemporary half vellum, marbled sides, manuscript title on spine, red sprinkled edges.
[18], 371, [1 blank] pp.Reissue with a cancel title-page of the first edition (1689), in the original Latin, of a catalogue of plants in the famous Hortus Medicus, precursor of the Hortus Botanicus, in Amsterdam. Johannes Commelin (1629-1692) was one of the founders of this botanical garden, established in 1682. Under his guidance, it soon ranked among the best supplied in Europe. The captains of the VOC and WIC collected exotic species on their voyages and the Amsterdam Hortus Medicus was often the first to introduce these new plants into Europe. Among the circa 2200 species listed are numerous exotic plants from Ceylon, Bengal, Coromandel and Surinam. Their systematic arrangement caused Commelin a few problems, as he informs the reader in the preface.Caspar Commelin succeeded his uncle at the botanical garden. Although the 1689 issue of the present catalogue calls itself part 1, Johannes never compiled a second part and Caspar chose not to compile a second part of the 1689 catalogue, instead publishing a new catalogue in folio, basing the first volume (1697) on his uncle’s unpublished manuscript but compiling the second volume (1701) himself. He probably turned over the remainder of the 1689 catalogue to the Wetsteins after publishing the larger catalogue, and they published the present reissue with their own title-page, no longer calling it part 1.With a library stamp on the first endpaper. Binding slightly rubbed, some pieces of vellum lost on the spine, corners a little bumped, but otherwise a copy of this rare reissue in very good condition.l Stafleu & Cowan 1188; STC … [Click Below for Full Description]
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