The illustrated medicinal plants of Kerala from 15th century

A 12-volume, epic treatise is an extraordinary documentation of the medicinal plants of the state

Hortus Malabaricus (Garden of Malabar) is an epic treatise dealing with the medicinal properties of the flora in the state of Kerala. The 12-volume tome was published in Latin between 1678 and 1693 in Amsterdam and was a pet project of Hendrik van Rheede, the then Governor of the Dutch Malabar. Each volume comprised 500 pages, and the entire work was edited by a team of nearly a hundred including physicians. The Public Domain Review has published some selected illustrations from the work online, which can be viewed here: Hortus Malabaricus (1678-1693)

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