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Hortus Malabaricus - varnamvarnam
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Hortus Malabaricus

Hendrik Adriaan van Rheede was the governor of Cochin from 1670 and
1677 when Cochin was a Dutch Colony. He undertook an effort to write a
treatise called Hortus Malabaricus meaning the “Garden of Malabar”, on
the medicinal plants of Kerala.


The book was written in Latin, and also used Malayalam, Sanskrit and
Arabic. Apart from its importance in having information about plants
of Kerala, it also has historical importance as it has references to
the rivalrly between the European powers in the region.

“After 325 years, seminal treatise bears new fruit”:http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/EE08Df01.html

bq. Hortus Malabaricus is many things to many people depending on their background and interest. Professor K S Manilal, who labored 30 years to bring out the English version, complete with annotations and modern botanical nomenclature, said the volumes were important to people of Kerala because they represented the earliest example of printing in the Malayalam language, now spoken by at least 30 million literate people.

After 325 years, the English version of this book has come out.


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