Horti Medici Amstelaedamensis Plantae Rariores et Exoticae.
Leyden, F. Haringh, 1706. 4to (220 x 162mm). pp. (8), 48, with 48 fine engraved plates. Contemporary calf, richly gilt ornamented spine with red gilt lettered label.
First edition. Intended as a supplement to his uncle's 'Horti medici Amstelodamensis' 1697-1701. A second edition appeared 1715. Many South African plants are descibed such as succulents and aloes. "The rapid expansion of the collection of the Hortus Medicus soon made it one of the richest collections of exotic plants in Europe... In many cases, the Commelins published the first illustration of a species. From 1686 onward, water-colours were made of exotic plants in the Hortus, resulting in the first eight volumes of the Moninckx Atlas. This collection served as the main source for the illustrations of the four volumes published by Jan and Caspar Commelin (in 1697, 1701, 1703, 1706 respectively' (Wijnands). From the 48 engraved plates by Pieter Sluyter 41 were taken from the 'Moninckx Atlas'. Bibliotheek van de Amsterdamse Hortus 7.5; Stafleu & Cowan 1186; Gun & Codd, Botanical Exploration of Southern Africa p. 5; Kerkham, Southern African Botanical Literature, 158.
Item nr. 9465
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