RHEEDE TOT DRAAKESTEIN, HENDRIK ADRIAAN VAN. Hortus Indicus Malabaricus, continens regni Malabarici apud Indos celeberrimi omnis generis Plantas rariores, Latinis, Malabaricis, Arabicis, & Bramamum characteribus nomimibusque expressat, unà cum Floribus, Fructibus & feminibus, naturali magnitudine à peritissimus pictoribus delineatis, & ad vivum exhibitas. Amsterdam: J. van Someren and J. van Dyck (and H. and Widow T. Boom, and successors), 1678-1703 [i.e. 1693].
12 vols., bound in 6, folio, 383 x 258 mm., contemporary Dutch blindstamped vellum, seven spine compartments, red morocco gilt spine labels, the first vol. with small crack to the vellum at lower compartment of front joint, spines darkened and a few stains to the bindings, vol. 3: plate 62 with tiny hole, vol. 11: plate 1 with small tear, plate 53 and text disbound and laid in.
FIRST EDITION. 2 engraved title-pages (vols. 1 and 3) and 794 numbered engraved plates on 791 sheets (vol. 11: plts. 16/17, vol. 12: plts. 36/37/38 each on one sheet), all but 75 double-page, by B. Stoopendael after drawings by Matteus a St. Joseph, with engraved captions in Latin, Malabar, Arabic and Brahmi script (descriptions in text add Dutch and Portuguese). Text edited by Arnoldus Syen, Johannes Casearius, Jan Commelijn, Johannes Munnicks, Theodorus Janson ad Almeloveen and Abraham à Poot.
THE FIRST MAJOR FLORA OF THE EAST INDIES. "...one of the most celebrated of pre-Linnaean books....It remains an important contribution to the botany and ethnology of Southern India" (Blunt & Stearn). Rheede tot Draakestein (1637-1691) was governor of Malabar 1669-1676 for the Dutch East India Company and was appointed the head of the Company's operations in India in 1684.
Cleveland Collections 267; Nissen BBI 1625; Pritzel 7585; Stafleu & Cowan 9123.
Provenance: Thomas Boswall, Esq., of Blackadder, bookplates.
RHEEDE TOT DRAAKESTEIN, H.A. VAN. Malabaarse Kruidhog. Amsterdam: J. van Someren, J. van Dyck, H. and Widow of D. Boom, 1689. Folio, 396 x 266 mm., contemporary calf spine gilt, upper joint cracked, lacks engraved title. First Edition in Dutch of vol. 1 and 2 of Hortus Indicus Malabaricus. Engraved portrait of the author and 113 double-page plates. Nissen BBI 1627; Pritzel 7587; cf. Stafleu & Cowan 2 9124 (the 1720 reissue). KKM/HSNY, bookplate -- HAMILTON, FRANCIS. "A Commentary on the Hortus malabaricus" [in:] Transactions of the Linnean Society (13.2: 474-560; 14.2: 171-312; 15.1: 78-152; 17: 174-252). London 1822-1837. 4 extracts bound together, 4to, 270 x 205 mm., half parchment and marbled boards, worn, backstrip torn. Pritzel 7585 note; Stafleu & Cowan TL2 II, p. 35 and IV no. 9123 (Studies). Massachusetts Horticultural Society, bookplate -- Robert de Belder -- [DILLWYN, LEWIS WESTON]. A review of the references to the Hortus Malabaricus....Not Published. Swansea: printed at the Cambrian-Office, by Murray and Rees, 1839. 8vo, 255 x 160 mm., original green cloth, spine gilt lettered, uncut, broken out of binding. FIRST EDITION. AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY to "Miss Mary Dillwyn with the Author's best affections". Pritzel 2288 and 7585 note; Stafleu & Cowan TL2 9123 (Studies). KKM/HSNY, bookplate -- "Hortus Malabaricus Index." N.p. N.d. MANUSCRIPT in ink, 29 pages (i.e. 16 leaves with three pages left blank at end). Folio, 321 x 204 mm., stitched in cardobard wrapper, cloth case. An index for all of the twelve parts, written in a neat hand on pencil-ruled laid paper with J. Whatman watermarks dated 1823; and a 12-page index, in pencil, to parts 6-12. Massachussetts Horticultural Society -- Robert de Belder. -- HASSKARL, JUSTUS KARL. Horti Malabarici Rheedeani Clavis locupletissima. Dresden: E. Blochmann and Son 1867. 4to, 301 x 233 mm. Pritzel 7585 note; Stafleu & Cowan TL2 9123 (Studies). (11)