Botanical. Engraving with hand coloring. Page measures 14.25 x 18 1/8". Image measures 13.5" x 17.25".
Beautifully colored botanical of South Asia flora. The name of the flower is repeated Malabarese, Latin, Sanskrit and Arabic. Some scattered foxing. Expert repair to tear near bottom centerfold. Minor glue residue in right corners. Small chip to left edge. Hendrik Adriaan van Rheede tot Draackenstein (1636-1691) was commander of Malabar and was responsible for compiling the "Hortus Malabaricus", a major publication of the flora and medicinal use of plants, which took 30 years to complete.