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$ 2,500

Dutch Botanical Engraving, Hortus Indicus Malabaricus by Rheede Tot Draakestein

Origin Netherlands
Period 18th Century
Materials Hand-colored engraving
W. 25.5 in; H. 21.5 in;
W. 64.77 cm; H. 54.61 cm;
Condition Good.
Description 17th Century Dutch Botanical Engraving from "Hortus Indicus Malabaricus"
by Hendrik Adriaan van Rheede Tot Draakestein
Circa 1678-93

Dimensions: 21 1/2 inches x 25 1/2 inches

Marks: PvL counter mark PVL by the Dutch papermaker Pieter van der Ley in use from 1675.

The engravings are sandwiched between two sheets of glass and are framed within an ivory resin frame.

Rheede was governor of the Dutch colony of Malabar on the south-west coast of India from 1669 to 1676 and from 1684 the chief representative of the Dutch East India Company in India. When not occupied by official duties Rheede was an enthusiastic botanist and investigator of Indian sub-tropical flora. He compiled this work with the help of several Dutch officials, an Italian Catholic missionary Father Mattheus à St. Joseph (who did many of the drawings), a Protestant missionary, native doctors, and princes. The engravings were done by B.Stoopendael. Once completed, the works were sent back to Holland where the botanists Jan Commelin and Arnold Steyn added notes and published the works between 1678 - 1693.

The Hortus Indicus is the first comprehensive work of the flora of the East Indies containing illustrations of a great number of tropical and sub-tropical plants and fruits classified in Latin, Sanskrit, Arabic, and Malayam.
Styles / Movements Asian Art, Other
Dealer Reference Number NY7051D
Incollect Reference Number 429910
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