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Flora Indica: cui accedit series Zoophytorum Indicorum nec non Prodromus Florae Capensis.
Leiden, C. Haak/ Amsterdam, J. Schreuder, 1768. 4to (253 x 215mm). pp. (8), 241, (1), (18), 32 with 68 folding engraved plates. Contemporary half calf, spine with gilt lettered label (frontcover hinges splitting but firm). First edition of the first Linnaean flora of the Indies, written by Burman (the Younger) in close collaboration with Linnaeus. "The 'Flora Indica' is of importance because at a relative early date it gave an enumeration, in the Linnaean style, of what was known about the nomenclature and taxonomy of the flora of the Indies. There are brief descriptions of about 1305 species, of which 241 are proposed as new (Merrill 1921)... The term 'India' referred to the tropics in general, especially India, Ceylon and the East Indies, but also the West Indies... Merrill mentions that about 300 species are listed from India itself..., 115 from Java, 90 from Ceylon, 50 from China, 15 from Japan, 20 from Persia... The 'Flora' contains also a 'Prodromus florae capensis' which contains about 260 ligitimately named new species from the Cape (Dandy 1961) in very concise form... from a historical point of view, it was an almost unequalled attempt to produce a general tropical flora" (Stafleu, F.A. Linnaeus and the Linnaeans pp. 169-170). Nicolaas Laurens Burman (1773-1793) was a Dutch physician and botanist at Amsterdam, son of Johannes Burman.//Stafleu & Cowan 935.
Bookseller: Antiquariaat JUNK B.V. (Natural History Bookselle
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