Praeludia botanica ad publicas Plantarum Exoticarum demonstrationes dicta in Horto medico, cum demonstrationes exoticarum 3 Octobris 1701, & 29 Maji 1702....
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Leyden, Joh. du Vivie, 1715. 4to (260 x 205mm). pp. (viii), 85, (1), with 33 engraved plates. Contemporary vellum, gilt lettered spine.
Important because of the first description of a number of South African plants
A reissue of this title, which first appeared in 1703. "The 'Praeludia botanica' is an important work because it offers the first illustrations of certain aloes and other plants" (Hunt p. 405). "Important because of the first description of a number of South African plants... Wijnands (1973) provides an example of the importance of the book for the typification of South African taxa" (Stafleu & Cowan). Caspar Commelin (1667/68- 1731) was professor of botany and director of the botanical garden of Amsterdam at a time that numerous South African plants were introduced through the Dutch East Indies Company and first grown in the Amsterdam 'Hortus Medicus'. He succeeded his uncle Jan Commelin.
Stafleu & Cowan 1185; Nissen BBI, 388; Kerkham, Southern African Botanical Literature, 159.