chapter  8
14 Pages

Drawings of Hortus Malabaricus

WithJ. Heniger

"Five volumes, in folio, containing the original drawings in indian ink, of the plates in the work entitled 'Hortus Malabaricus', published in Amsterdam in twelve parts, folio, 1678 –1703. The artist from the preface of the work, appears to have been the Carmelite friar named Matthaeus a St. Joseph". 'The original drawings of the Hortus Malabaricus gathered by J. Commelin in Amsterdam 1686 being the drawings of the first volumes after which the plates of the preceding work have been made. 10 volumes, 5 ribs'. The drawings correspond as to number and order to the engravings in volumes 1–10 of Hortus Malabaricus. In artistic respects, as compared with the engravings of Hortus Malabaricus, the drawings are somewhat disappointing. The sharply cut lines and the brilliance of the engravings are not found again in the drawings. The codex contains 651 drawings and 3 separate text-leaves, which were numbered with pencil in 1979. Each drawing is followed by an unnumbered interleaf.