Flora de Filipinas. Segun el Sistema sexual de Linneo. Por el P. Fr. Manuel Blanco Agustino Calzado. Manuel Blanco.
Flora de Filipinas. Segun el Sistema sexual de Linneo. Por el P. Fr. Manuel Blanco Agustino Calzado.
First Comprehensive Flora of the Philippines

Flora de Filipinas. Segun el Sistema sexual de Linneo. Por el P. Fr. Manuel Blanco Agustino Calzado.

Manila: En la Imprenta de Sto. Thomas por D. Candido Lopez, Año de 1837. First edition. In contemporary limp vellum, presumably the original binding from Manila. Tinted title on spine. LXXVII, (3 [second leaf blank]), 887, (1) (with mispaginations) p. With old, partly erased collection stamps on the title page and on p. 862. Title page artistically restored. A few leaves stained and tanned (A1, C3, 2d2, 3K1, 3O1, 5Q1–3). Edges discolored. Otherwise in fine condition.

Scarce first edition of the first locally published book on Philippine botany.

Compiled, edited and written by Manuel Blanco (1778–1845), the Spanish Augustinian priest, explorer and botanist, who stationed in the Philippines from 1805 to his death.

As a missionary, Father Blanco travelled around the country and collected plant specimens to describe them according to the Linnaean principles. In 1836, he was commanded by the Spanish regent, Maria Christina, to publish his compilation, the present work, which appeared in the following year.

Flora de Filipinas, this monumental work, is the first comprehensive flora of the Philippines. Father Blanco classified some 1,000 species and also investigated their history, medicinal values, and use in construction, industry, and arts. The seventy-eight pages introduction can be considered as a treatise on botany, which also extends the Spanish botanical nomenclature.

Although the author had access to very few reference books to consult or herbariums to compare his specimens, and his scientific conclusions were the result of his personal observations, the publication of his work was regarded as a true scientific event. The book became so successful that its second edition was published in 1845, and an illustrated luxury edition was published in fascicles between 1877 and 1883.

Ref.: Palau 30213; Soulsby no. 845c; Retana 652

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Price: €25,000.00

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