Rumphius' Orchids Orchid Texts from "The Ambonese Herbal" Georgius Everhardus Rumphius, E. M. Beekman
- Publication date:
- 10 Sep 2003
- Yale University Press
- 224 pages: 210 x 130mm
- 21 b/w + 16 color illus.
For each entry, Rumphius describes the plant, names it according to a pre-Linnaean system of nomenclature, gives its locality, and details its medicinal and non-medicinal uses. More than twenty beautiful line drawings accompany the entries. The volume includes ample notes to illuminate the text and an informative introduction that tells the life of Rumphiusa remarkable collector/naturalist who overcame fire, shipwreck, and blindness to produce his masterwork.
?This enjoyable pocket-sized volume reads more like nature narrative than a reference book. . . . Recommended for botanical collections and anyone with an interest in the fascinating world of orchids.??Amy Paster, E-Stream
?Books like this are not written any more because people with Rumphius? knowledge and writing skills do not exist any more. He paints a picture of the world he lived in, a picture no one else has provided and of great historical and ethnobotanical interest.??Henk van der Werff, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, Missouri
?A book filled with interesting tidbits of information that hold the reader?s attention. Enlightening and original.??Wesley E. Higgins, Director of Systematics, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota, Florida
?This book is a major addition to the orchid literature which has special meaning to South East Asia because Rumphius can justly be called the father of the botany and orchidology of the region. . . . Beekman . . . has written an orchid masterpiece.??Yam Tim Wing, Orchid
?This is an important addition to the orchid literature with special relevance to South East Asia. . . . It is a masterpiece.??Joseph Arditti & Tim Wing Yam, Plant Science Bulletin
"This work belongs in all libraries concentrating on systematics."?Taxon
"The first translation, and a very fluid one, of the fascinating orchids."?Taxon