M. Boym: Flora Sinensis

Boym’s Flora Sinensis from 1656 is one of the first (European) natural history books about China. Although the title suggests a book on Chinese plants, the author included some animals and some plants that are not „Chinese“.

  • Boym, Michael:   Flora Sinensis, fructus floresque humillime porrigens … / emissa in publicum a R.P. Michaele Boym …(Viennae Austriae: Typis Matthaei Rictij, 1656)
  • Digitized:
    > Université de Namur
    > SLUB Dresden (URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:14-db-id3660131573 [VD17 23:230506U])
  • Bibliographic references: VD17 23:230506U, VD17 23:230485H, BS 442, JL 1161, Löwendahl 0118
  • Entry in Wiener China-Bibliographie

French version:
Boym, M.:  Flora Sinensis, ou traité des fleurs, des fruits, des plantes et des animaux particuliers à la Chine, publié dans Relations de divers voyages curieux, …, Seconde partie, Paris, Langlois, 1664, 15 p. [French translation of the text by M. Thévenot]

Further information:

  • Notes by Anne-Marie Bogaert-Damin (2006)
    > Hartmut Walravens: Michael Boym und die Flora Sinensis. [pdf] (Erlangen: Hartmut Fischer Verlag 2002)
  • Biographies of Michael Boym (in German)
    > Claudia von Collani: BOYM, Michal Piotr SJ. BBKL Band XIV. (1998) Sp. 818-820
    > Siegfried., „Boym, Michael“, in: Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie 3 (1876), S. 222 [Onlinefassung]
    URL: http://www.deutsche-biographie.de/artikelADB_pnd115382267.html

Last update: January 31, 2014

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