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[BURKE, Dr. W. H.] Catalogue of Exotic Plants cultivated in the island of Mauritius, at the Royal Botanic Garden Pamplemousses, at... Reduit, at Mon Plaisir, Bois Cheri etc etc. Mauritius: printed by Mallac Brothers, 1822. 2° (263 x 200mm). (Very slightly browned, light marginal spotting to title.) 20th-century red morocco gilt. Provenance: Fort Pitt Medical Library (stamps to title). Rare.
DUNCAN, James. Catalogue of Plants in the Royal Botanical Garden. Mauritius.. Mauritius: H. Plaideau, 1863. 2° (330 x 205mm). Printed on blue paper. (Occasional minor browning or fading, small neat tear to title and final leaf.) Later leather-backed boards, upper cover with label inscribed with title (upper corners bumped). Provenance: Royal Colonial Institute Library (stamp to title).
The Royal Botanical Gardens, in the village of Pamplemousses, east of Port Louis, were established in 1735 by Governor Mahé de La Bourdonnais. Vegetable gardens were first created around Château Mon Plaisir, as a source for ships calling at Port Louis. The gardens were later cultivated by the French horticulturist Pierre Poivre who introduced new and indigenous species. James Duncan, a British horticulturist, rescued the gardens from neglect in 1849. Toussaint, C 1870.
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