20 November 2003
COMMELIN, Caspar (1667-1731). Horti Medici Amstelaedamensis plantae rariores et exoticae ad vivum aeri incisae. Leiden: Frederic Haringh, 1706.
4° (269 x 210mm). 48 full-page engraved plates by P. Sluyter. 18th-century speckled calf, spine gilt (scuffed). Provenance: J. Fletcher (early signature). FIRST EDITION, including the first published images and descriptions of a number of South African plants. Commelin was professor of Botany and director of the Amsterdam Botanical Gardens at a time when the Dutch East India Company and its agents were returning with a great many new plants, particularly South African varieties. BM (NH) I, p. 370; Nissen BBI 387; Stafleu & Cowan I, 1186.
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