Commelin, Jan-Arbor Camphorifera Iaponica, Foliis Lavrinis, frucus par
Fig 95. Copper engraving with (later?) hand colouring . Overall size in thick off white museum mountcard mount (and backing of the same material) : 35.7 cms x 52.2cms. Image size: 230mm x 366mm. One repaired tear bottom right corner 3.2cms into print, barely noticeable else very good condition.
These engravings are a magnificent monument to the Amsterdam Physic Garden, of which Jan Commelin was director.The plants described and figured were collected in Asia, the Americas and South Africa (Cape of Good Hope) by crew members of the merchant ships of the Dutch East and West India companies and donated to the Amsterdam Horticultural Garden, of which Jan Commelin was the director. Many of the plants described were the first specimens introduced in Europe. The plates are engraved after paintings by Johann and Maria Moninck and others.