The Poison Tree: Selected writings of Rumphius on the natural history of the Indies

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1981. 230x150mm, 272pp, a few b/w illus, hardcover in plastic wrapped dustjacket. Sl foxing on top edge, o/w fine copy.

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Well, well, the things you read. On p222, describing the use of the adultery herb, Daun salawar in Malay, to cure women and children whose illnesses were due to the husband’s misbehaviour: “… that when perchance their children became thin and ill this is so because the father must have pissed outside the pot.” A translation of a selection of the Dutch natural historian’s writings on flora and fauna of the Dutch East Indies in the 17thC.

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