RUMPF, GEORG EBERHARD. Herbarium Amoinense, plurimas conplectens arbores frutices...nunc primum in lucem edidit, & in latinum sermonem vertit Joannes Burmannus... Amsterdam: M. Uytwerf, 1750-55.
6 vols. in 4, folio, 426 x 255 mm., contemporary speckled half calf, speckled boards, uncut, scraped in a few places; minor browning on some extreme edges of margins, some margins with light pale foxing.
FIRST EDITION, second issue, with titles redated 1750 (otherwise identical to first), with the rare supplement, Auctuarium, at the end of the final volume. Engraved frontispiece, engraved portraits of Rumpf and Burmann, engraved vignettes, and 700 engraved plates.
Along with Rheede tot Draakestein's Hortus Indicus Malabaricus, this work is the first great survey of East Indies flora. Although the work is primarily focussed on the plants of Amboina, the small island in the Banda Sea, Rumpf includes many species found throughout the Dutch East Indies. "Few important scientific works have come to print under greater difficulties" (Hunt). Rumpf, a German-born Dutch citizen, was enlisted with the Dutch West Indies Company for Brazil but was taken prisoner by the Portuguese. In 1652 he enlisted with the East Indies Company and took up residence in Amboina in 1653. His sight was failing and by 1670, when his great work was ready for publication, he had become blind. His bad fortunes continued when in 1674 his wife was killed in an earthquake, and in 1687 a fire destroyed his library including his original drawings. These were drawn anew by his son Paul, and in 1692 the manuscript of the first six books was sent to Holland for publication, but the ship carrying it was destroyed by the French. Copies of the manuscript for the complete work did not reach Holland until 1697, where it languished for 32 years in the archives of the Dutch East Indies Company. It was Jan Burmann who rescued it and prepared it for publication.
Hunt 518; Nissen BBI 1700; Stafleu & Cowan TL2 9784.
Provenance: Schloss Dyck, shelf (or lotting) labels on spines. (4)