Burmann (1768)

Nicolas Laurence Burmann


We saw in 1678, with Draakenstein’s great book about Malabar, how enthusiastic some of the Dutch colonial officials were about the native vegetation of India. InFlora Indica (Amsterdam, 1768) by the Dutchman Nicolas Laurence Burmann (1733-1793), the Roderic Bowen Library and Archives has another important product of this interest in botany. There are 241 pages of Latin text and 67 uncoloured engravings, all large and folded. The preface makes obeisance to the memory of Draakenstein to whom it refers as ‘nobilissimus’. The illustrations are attractively and clearly drawn, many of them arranged with artistic delicacy.