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Rare dissertation on the cultivation of aloe, with references to Arabia and America

BEIER, Gottfried and Johann Arnold FRIDERICI.

Aloen publicae florae cultorum censurae.
Jena, Johann Werther, [1670]. Small 4to (19.5 x 15 cm). Modern half vellum.

€ 4,500

Rare dissertation on the cultivation of the aloe plant by Gottfried Beier, with Johann Arnold Friderici (1637-1672), professor of medicine and botany at the University of Jena, as praeses. "The work provides an account of the origins in Arabia and Indian Ocean regions, the varieties, the nature of its extracts and their uses. The greater part deals with the plant's cultivation and the climate necessary for it to thrive, and includes a number of references to a variety cultivated in the Americas (i.e., Agave)" (Landis).
Gottfried Beier (fl. 1669-1674) would act as praeses himself a few years later for dissertations by A. Werner (1673) and D. Valder (1674).
Title-page very slightly browned, but otherwise in very good condition.
Alden & Landis 670/83; BMC NH, p. 124; D.C. Landis, Drugs from the colonies: the new American medicine chest (online); Krivatsy 4380 (cf. 1049-1050); VD17 39:142078N; Wellcome II, p. 132.

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