‘The only use of these flowers is to be a delight for the eyes'. Rumphius' Orchids
(Reinier Salverda) The Low Countries - 2004, № 12, pp. 288-290
Georg Rumphius (1627-1702) can be considered the founder of Indonesian botanical exploration In 1999 Professor E.M. Beekman published a monumental scholarly edition in English of Rumphius' Ambonese Curiosity Cabinet (1705). Continuing this labour of love, Beekman is currently working on an English edition of the Ambonese Herbal (1741-1750), and as a first instalment he has now published Rumphius' Orchids. (Rumphius' Orchids. Orchid Texts from The Ambonese Herbal by Georgius Everhardus Rumphius (Translated, edited, annotated, and with an introduction by E.M. Beekman). New Haven (CT) & London: Yale University Press, 2003)
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