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Botanical Letters

Arens, Esther Helena (8 sept. 2014)

Starting from G. Rumphius' Het Amboinsche Kruid-Boek, written on Ambon in the late 1600s and published in Amsterdam from 1741 onwards - how to research historical plants, analyze botanical material culture, and write about the coloniality of a botanical regime? Ausgehend von G. Rumphius' Het ...

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A 21st century Herbarium

Arens, Esther Helena (27 oct. 2016)

A couple of weeks ago, after looking at two Chinese manuscripts on botany in the Wellcome Library (more on that shortly), I found a contemporary English-language „Herbarium“ in the bookshop downstairs. Other than the early modern herbals I usually work with, which had been motivated by the spice ...

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Zwischen Acapulco und Ambon: Zirkulation von Pflanzenmaterial im 17. Jh.

Arens, Esther Helena (27 nov. 2015)

Einleitung: Blickrichtung, Windrichtung Nachdem die erste niederländische Flotte mit einer reichen Ladung von Gewürzen aus dem indonesischen Archipel zurückgekehrt war, gründeten Händler und Politiker im Jahr 1602 die Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie (VOC) als erste Aktiengesellschaft der Welt. ...

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Trade, ecology, and plants: Words from the 18th century Dutch "Indian letters"

Arens, Esther Helena (17 juin 2015)

In the Nationaal Archief in The Hague there is a handwritten dictionary tucked away in the boxes with the private estate of a late 19th century history professor and archivist (1.13.04 - 1240 - Collectie Heeres). The "collection of words" from 1758 explains foreign terms used in the so-called Indian ...

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The Post/Colonial Quality of Spice

Arens, Esther Helena (20 mai 2016)

In the May issue of Allerhande, the customer magazine distributed by the Dutch supermarket chain Albert Heijn, I found this advertisement by Verstegen. It showcases white pepper from Bangka, mace from Ambon and the Banda Islands, and nutmeg from Ambon, with the headline translating roughly as " ...

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Leaves and Language

Arens, Esther Helena (3 mars 2015)

Working as a merchant-naturalist on the Moluccan islands in the late 17th century, and collecting information for the VOC in the Netherlands, G.E. Rumpf continually reflected upon the transportation of botanical knowledge from Asia to Europe and therefore about the transformation from plant to ...

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Sound, Touch, and Vision: The Translation of Ginseng from the Chinese to the Dutch

Arens, Esther Helena (19 sept. 2015)

In the "stream of translation" (Latour) flowing from the island of Ambon, where Rumphius' had collected the specimens for the Ambonese Herbal at the end of the seventeenth century, to the city of Amsterdam, where Johan Burman made one editorial decision after the other in the 1740s, the relation of ...

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Lontar: From palm leaf to manuscript

Arens, Esther Helena (24 mars 2015)

Two weeks ago, in the small reading room for manuscripts from the special collections at Leiden University, a researcher explored scripture on narrow long brown leaves. Both these leaves from a palm tree (Palmyra, Borassus flabellifer) and the manuscript they constitute go by the name of lontar. The ...

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Going Dutch: On research, history, and memory in translation

Arens, Esther Helena (22 févr. 2017)

For my current research on a Dutch text from the late 17th century Moluccas, I identify as a historian in an interdisciplinary project at the Institute of Dutch Language and Literature at the University of Cologne. Yesterday I was working in the Koninklijke Bibliotheek in Den Haag, with two volumes ...

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“Delawan“ and “Hollandsch papier“: Materials for practising botany

Arens, Esther Helena (3 nov. 2014)

In the introductory texts to The Ambonese Herbal, Rumphius alluded to the practicalities of book production, writing of a “clean copy”, the manuscript “dressed up in new clothes”, and “the figures, which the first six books are still lacking, but which can easily be bound together at the ...

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