DISPUTATIO MEDICO-BOTANICA INAUGURALIS CAMPHORAE HISTORIAM EXHIBENS
by GRONOVIUS, Jan Frederik
1715. Paperback. GRONOVIUS, Jan Frederik. DISPUTATIO MEDICO-BOTANICA INAUGURALIS CAMPHORAE HISTORIAM EXHIBENS. [Medical-Botanical Dissertation on the History of Camphor, submitted to Dr. Wolferd Senguer and the Medical Faculty of the University of Leiden for the Doctoral Degree]. Leiden, S. Luchtmans, 1715. Quarto. ff.,38pp. Jan Frederik Gronovius (1686-1762), author of Flora Virginica (1739-43), worked closely with Linnaeus. He was the son and grandson of of important Classical scholars Jacob and Jan Frederik Gronovius, both from Leiden. John Clayton of Virginia sent many plant specimens to Leiden, where they were examined and published by Gronovius (without Clayton's knowledge) and formed the basis of some of Linnaeus' classification of New World plants. After purchase by Sir Joseph Banks they became part of the collection of the Natural History Museum in London. With an elaborate engraved title by F. Bleyswyk, showing two goddesses and various paraphernalia. The title is printed letterpress within the engraved frame, which says "meritis intrare licebit" (only the deserving may enter). It seems likely that the engraved frame was used by Luchtmans for other dissertations. An unbound pamphlet, which appears to have been excised from a bound collection, starting with two blank leaves likely not contemporary, the first with a library stamp and notation. Title shows pencil mmarkings, chips and soil, and a half-inch loss to bottom margin. Except for some soil to the margin of the dedication and page 1, the text is very clean, and the margins are very wide. A rare and interesting early work by a noted botanist.
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