Ptychosperma Appndiculate._ Arausiaca Excelsa.
Imp. par. G. Severeyns. [n.d., c.1838].
Lithograph. Sheet size: 450 x 290mm (17¾ x 11½"). Edges slightly worn, crease.
A plate from 'Rumphia, sive commentationes botanicae imprimis de plantis Indiae Orientalis', by Carl Ludwig Blume, 1835-48. The volumes consisted of previously undescribed plants of the East Indies, based primarily on the author’s botanising in Java. The title refers to George Eberhard Rumpf (1627-1702). Blume saw himself as continuing Rumpf’s pioneering work and indeed was acknowledged as his disciple. The plates are by Arckenhausen, Berghaus, Bick, Blume, Decaisne, Gordon, Latour, Lauters, and Payen, and were lithographed by A. Henrey and Cohen (Bonn), P. Lauters and G. Severeyns. Blume (1796-1862) was a German-born Dutch botanist who travelled and worked in Java, and was director first of the Buitenzorg Botanic Garden. This plate depicts a Ptychosperma, a genus of flowering plant in the Arecaceae family indigenous to the East Indies, set amongst its natural habitat. East Indian natives are depicted in the background occupied in a variety of activities.
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