Author Burmannus, J. [J. Burman; Burmann] Thesaurus Zeylanicus, exhibens plantas in insula Zeylana nascentes, inter quas plurimae novae species et genera inveniuntur. Omnia iconibus illustrata, ac descripta. [Including] Catalogus plantarum Africanarum, quas Paulus Hermannus botanices professor, ad Caput Bonae Spei olim observavit. [AND] Catalogus plantarum Africanarum, quas Henricus Bernardus Oldenlandus , & Joannes Hartog , botanici egregii, in Capite Bonae Spei quondam invenerunt, ac denominaverunt.
Published 1737
Item ID 50969
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Amstelaedam, Jansson-Waesberg & Salomon Schouten, 1737. 4to (25.8 x 21.5 cm). Engraved frontispiece (portrait of Burmann). Title in red and black with finely engraved title vignette; [xvi], 235, [xv], 33 [Catalogi plantarum Africanarum], [i] pp.; 111 fine engraved plates [numbered 1-110; 18*, and one without number, not counted] of Ceylonese or Sri Lankan plants. Contemporary cat's paw calf. Spine with four raised, gilt-ornamented bands; compartments rich gilt with floral vignettes and a red morocco label with gilt title. Red edges. First and only edition of the first illustrated flora of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). The work was published shortly before Burmann (1707-1780) became appointed professor of botany in Amsterdam. Carl Linnaeus, a friend of Burmann, assisted in the preparation of the work and later published his own Flora Zeylanica in 1747. The appendix contains a catalogue of African plants. Plate 18* preceding plate 18. A larger, folded, unnumbered plate depicting a banana tree is tipped in facing p. 46 (as called for on this plate); plate 49 bound before 47, correctly facing the accompanying text of the genus Genista [plates 18* and 49 as described in Hunt]. Nissen's collation misses the preliminary pages, unnumbered index, and the two aberrantly numbered plates, that of Pritzel is even less informative. The banana tree plate opposite p. 46, engraved by Hartecamp and dated 1736, is mentioned neither in Hunt nor in Stafleu and Cowan, and appears to belongs to Linnaeus's Hortus Cliffortianus , which was also published in 1737. In the rear are - as usual - the two Catalogi plantarum Africanum , with new and interesting species from Cape of Good Hope, South Africa. Old, small stamp in title page lower margin, along with the name of a former owner. Some skilful repairs to the binding; endpapers renewed with contemporary-style paper; a few, inoffensive spots. A very good, complete and clean copy. Hunt, 501; Nissen BBI, 303; Pritzel, 4388; Stafleu and Cowan, 928. Only edition of the first illustrated flora of Ceylon (now Sri-Lanka), with many fine plates