Catalogus plantarum quae in Insula Jamaica Sponte proveniunt, vel vulgò coluntur cum earundem Synonymis & locis natalibus; adjectis aliis quibusdam quae in Insulis Maderae, Barbados, Nieves, & Sancti Christophori nascuntur. Seu Prodromi Historiae Naturalis Jamaicae Pars Prima. Hans Sloane.
Catalogus plantarum quae in Insula Jamaica Sponte proveniunt, vel vulgò coluntur cum earundem Synonymis & locis natalibus; adjectis aliis quibusdam quae in Insulis Maderae, Barbados, Nieves, & Sancti Christophori nascuntur. Seu Prodromi Historiae Naturalis Jamaicae Pars Prima.
Catalogus plantarum quae in Insula Jamaica Sponte proveniunt, vel vulgò coluntur cum earundem Synonymis & locis natalibus; adjectis aliis quibusdam quae in Insulis Maderae, Barbados, Nieves, & Sancti Christophori nascuntur. Seu Prodromi Historiae Naturalis Jamaicae Pars Prima.
Catalogus plantarum quae in Insula Jamaica Sponte proveniunt, vel vulgò coluntur cum earundem Synonymis & locis natalibus; adjectis aliis quibusdam quae in Insulis Maderae, Barbados, Nieves, & Sancti Christophori nascuntur. Seu Prodromi Historiae Naturalis Jamaicae Pars Prima.
A Rare Presentation Copy of Sloane’s Catalogue of the Plants of Jamaica

Catalogus plantarum quae in Insula Jamaica Sponte proveniunt, vel vulgò coluntur cum earundem Synonymis & locis natalibus; adjectis aliis quibusdam quae in Insulis Maderae, Barbados, Nieves, & Sancti Christophori nascuntur. Seu Prodromi Historiae Naturalis Jamaicae Pars Prima.

Londini [London]: Impensis D. Brown, ad Insigne Cygni & Bibliorum extra Portam vulgò dictam Temple-Bar, MDCXCVI [1696]. First edition, second issue. In contemporary leather. Panels tooled at edges, spine gilt, with title-vignette. Edges tinted. Inscribed by the author on the front flyleaf (“Ex dono Authoris - 10mo Junji. 1696”). [8] 232 [44] p. Coll: 8º: []2(-[]1) A4(-A1) B8 C–Ll4 Mm2. Binding rubbed at the extremities, the author’s name lettered in ink at the upper edge of the front panel. Shelfmark-vignettes on spine. Engraved armorial bookplate (“Ferar unus et idem”) and shelfmarks in ink on front pastedown. Ownership inscription on the title page (Gonzalo de Murga; presumably the author of Derrotero del archipiélago de las Azores ó Terceras [Madrid, 1866]). Embossed stamp of Librería Editorial Bailly-Bailliere, Madrid on title page. Marginal notes on pp. 152–3, otherwise clean. In fine condition.

A rare presentation copy of Sloane’s account of the plants he observed and collected in Jamaica, Madeira, Barbados, Nevis and St. Kitts during his journey in 1687–8.

Hans Sloane visited Jamaica for fifteen months in 1687, as a physician to Christopher Monck, 2nd Duke of Albemarle and Governor of Jamaica. Sloane collected a herbarium of 800 plants in Jamaica and on his outward journey from Madeira, Barbados, Nevis, and St. Kitts (Saint Christopher Island), and brought the specimens back to England. The description of the herbarium resulted in the present catalogue, which was — as the title page calls — the first part of a proposed natural history of Jamaica, however, the second part was never published (instead Sloane wrote his two-volume work in English, A voyage to the islands Madera, Barbados, Nieves, S. Christophers and Jamaica [London, 1707–1725]).

While on Jamaica Sloane encountered a local drink made from the cacao plant, which he found nauseous and hard of digestion, this led to his invention of a milk-chocolate beverage, which shortly after his return to England, was sold by apothecaries as a medicinal product, and the recipe later formed the basis for a milk chocolate product manufactured by the Cadbury Brothers and marketed under Sloane’s name for a century. The description of the cacao plant could be found in the Catalogus on pp. 134–5.

According to the relevant bibliographies, Catalogus plantarum quae in Insula Jamaica exists in two issues, in the first issue []1 (with half-title on recto and license of the Royal Society above the license of the President and Censors of the College of Physicians on the verso) and A1 (dedication) are present, in the more common second issue these leaves are canceled, “due to the fact that the printer had erred in giving precedence to the Royal Society over the College of Physicians in the placement of licenses and dedications, whereas the Collage of Physicians had the power of licensing medical books (which this was apparently regarded as by them) at that time and ordered that either the licenses be printed with theirs first or that both be left out” (Johnston, 1992).

Sir Hans Sloane (1660–1753) was an Irish “physician and naturalist, a founder of the British Museum, traveler and plant collector in the West Indies, a pupil of Tournefort and Duverney, in 1685 a Fellow of the Royal Society and from 1727 to 1741 President (in 1727, succeeded Sir Isaac Newton), in 1687 a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and in 1719 President, in 1687 accompanied Christopher Monck (at that time appointed Governor of Jamaica), 1712 physician to Queen Anne, gave Chelsea Physic Garden to the Apothecaries’ Company, editor of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society” (Quattrocchi, 2000).

Sabin 82166; Johnston 302; Henrey I 345; Pritzel 8722; DSB XII, 459; Hirsch-H. V 304

Quattrocchi, U.: CRC World Dictionary of Plant Names. […]. Vol. IV. Boca Raton; [etc.]: CRC Press, 2000. p. 2497.; Johnston, S. H, Jr.: The Cleveland Herbal, Botanical, and Horticultural Collection. […]. Kent; London: The Kent State University Press, 1992. pp. 275–6

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