Nikolaus Joseph Jacquin’s American Plants offers a detailed account of the Austrian botanical expedition to the Caribbean that took place between 1754 and 1759, culminating in the publication of the
Selectarum stirpium americanarum historia (1763) by the famous Dutch-born scientist, the first Linnaean botanist in the New World. Novel findings about Jacquin’s family and early life are given. Through a careful reading of Jacquin’s own publications, letters and manuscripts, Santiago Madriñán provides, from a botanist’s perspective, a meticulous description of the places visited by Jacquin and the plants he collected. The splendid color illustrations of the plants published in the luxury second edition of the
Selectarum in 1780 are here reprinted, together with an annotated list of the species described.
This title was awarded the
Stafleu Medal for 2015 for publications of 2013 and 2014 for outstanding publications in historical, bibliographical, and/or nomenclatural aspects of plant taxonomy.
Santiago Madriñán Restrepo, PhD (Harvard '96), FLS, is Associate Professor of Botany at Universidad de los Andes, Colombia. He is the author of a
Flora Neotropica Monograph on Rhodostemonodaphne (2004),
Flora ilustrada del Páramo de Chingaza (third ed., 2012), and co-editor of
Biodiversidad, Conservación y Desarrollo (2012).
Nikolaus Joseph Jacquin’s American Plants is a large and lavish book that meets the high standards Brill’s publications are known for; the price is substantial but—given the quality of the product—not exaggerated.Having this wealth of information and source material on Jacquin and his American expedition gathered together in one place is an obviously valuable (and beautiful!) contribution to the literature, and the volume deserves a wide audience among historians of science, botanists, and interested laypersons."
- Kärin Nickelsen,
Isis: A Journal of the History of Science 105 (3):643-644 (2014). DOI: 10.1086/679147
Table of contents
Introduction: Nikolaus Joseph Freiherr von Jacquin
Chapter One: A Leiden Botanist
Chapter Two: Botanical Expedition to the Caribbean
Chapter Three: The Selectarum stirpium americanarum historia
Conclusion: Ambassador of Flora
Appendix I: Jacquin’s American Plants
Appendix II: Jacquin’s American Animals
Appendix III: Jacquin’s Publications
This book provides valuable information to a wide range of scholars interested in the history of botanical exploration and illustration, and botanical science in general and of the Caribbean in particular.