ASIA'S OLDEST BOTANICAL ENCYCLOPEDIA (1678–1693)
For K.S. Manilal, a professor of botany at the University of Calicut, the love started early. It was an oddly matched couple, a tall, reserved, bespectacled man and Hortus Malabaricus, a 17th-century Botanical book on the trees and plants.
Hortus Malabaricus (Garden of Malabar), is the oldest printed book on Indian medicinal plants. Written by Dutch Governor H.A. Van Rheede, it was compiled over a period of nearly 30 years and published in Amsterdam during 1678–1693.
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