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Historia naturalis Brasiliae ...: in qua non tantum plantae et animalia, sed et indigenarum morbi, ingenia et mores describuntur et iconibus supra quingentas illustrantur

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Marcgrave, Georg, Piso, Willem, Historia Naturalis Brasiliae. Lugdun. Batavorum :||et Amstelodami : Apud Franciscum Hackium ;||Apud Lud. Elzevirium,. 1648.

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Marcgrave, Georg, Piso, Willem, (1648) Historia Naturalis Brasiliae. Lugdun. Batavorum :||et Amstelodami : Apud Franciscum Hackium ;||Apud Lud. Elzevirium,.

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Marcgrave, Georg, Piso, Willem, Historia Naturalis Brasiliae. Lugdun. Batavorum :||et Amstelodami : Apud Franciscum Hackium ;||Apud Lud. Elzevirium,. 1648.

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Historia Naturalis Brasiliae (English: Brazilian Natural History), originally written in Latin, is the first scientific work on the natural history of Brazil, written by Dutch naturalist Willem Piso and research by German scientist Georg Marcgraf, published in 1648.

The work includes observations made by the German naturalist H. Gralitzio, in addition to humanist Johannes de Laet. It was dedicated to Johan Maurits, Count of Nassau, who was the patron of the project during the period of Dutch rule in Brazil.

Though referring to Brazil generally throughout the text, the authors' research was of the coastal strip of the Northeast, occupied by the Dutch West India Company. It is based on Marcgraf and Piso's time in Brazil, starting in 1637. It offers an important early European insight into Brazilian flora and fauna by analyzing plants and animals and studying tropical diseases and indigenous therapies.

Also included is William Piso's interpretation and first opinions of the indigenous people who he would go on to describe as barbarous and lacking in science. This would lead to concern amongst Piso and his contemporaries that these people might not be able to contribute to studying medicine and botany

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Publisher: Lugdun. Batavorum :||et Amstelodami : Apud Franciscum Hackium ;||Apud Lud. Elzevirium,

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Latin

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Date Added: 2019-05-07

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