LOUREIRO, J. DE.
Flora Cochinchinensis: sistens plantas in regno Cochinchina nascentes. Quirus accedunt aliae observatae in Sinensi imperio, Africa orientali, Indiaeque variis. Omnes dispositae secundum systema sexuale Linnaeanum. Labore, ac studio Joannis de Loureiro.
Ulyssipone, typis et expensis Academicis, 1790. 2 volumes. 4to (257 x 195mm). pp. (2), xx, 353; (4), 357-744, (2). Contemporary calf, gilt ornamented spines with green and red gilt lettered labels.
First edition. Loureiro (1717-1791) was a Portuguese Jesuit missionary and in the present work 'which established many new genera and plants' (Johnston 598) the flora of southern Indochina and Vietnam is described. "Juan de Loureiro was one of the most devoted students of south-eastern Asiatic flora who went out from Europe ... Thus he accumulated a good herbarium of approximately 1000 species. He was not a professional botanist but had acquired good botanical knowledge to whom we owe one of the most important contributions concerning the flora of the eastern part of the trans Gangetic Peninsula and of South China." (Reed p. 109). Pritzel 5637; Stafleu & Cowan 5038.
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