Wonderful early botanical nature print of a tropical plant

Kniphof, J. H.

Botanica in originali seu herbarium. Plate 87 (written in pencil). Plumbago.

Published 1757-1764
Item ID 72334

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Halle, Trampe, 1757-1764. Folio-size loose nature printing (36.2 x 22.2 cm). Well preserved nature printing with additional hand-colouring and printed caption.

A rare, early example of nature printing, showing the leaves and flowers of the Ceylon leadwort, or doctorbush, a beautiful (sub)tropical plant. "Early folk medicine used the crushed plant internally and externally as an abortifacient as well as a treatment for leprosy" (Wikipedia). This print in very good condition. Some very occasional light spotting and toning; five tiny holes in the left margin; corners very slightly frayed. Fischer, Zweihundert Jahre Naturselbstdruck, 7; Stafleu and Cowan, 3763.

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