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Book ID:  098135
Raat, Alexander J.P.

The Life of Governor Joan Gideon Loten (1710 - 1789). A Personal History of a Dutch Virtuoso. 2010. 32 col. plates. Many b/w figs. 829 p. gr8vo. Hardcover.
The book details the personal history of Joan Gideon Loten, the naturalist Governor of Ceylon, and his professional career as a servant of the Dutch East Indies Company. It contains an inventory of his natural history drawings in the London Natural History Museum and Teylers Museum at Haarlem, to this day a valuable treasure of eighteenth century natural history of Sri Lanka and Indonesia. Loten's documents show us a virtuoso: a connoisseur and dilettante in natural philosophy. They give us a unique glimpse of his character and qualities, but also of his asthmatic sufferings and use of opium. Loten's writings quoted extensively in this biography, take us from the early-eighteenth century narrow minded, provincial Utrecht in the Dutch Republic to the exotic Dutch East Indies and from there to the cosmopolitan London of the latter part of the century.
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Total Price :80.00 EURO (US$ 96.00)