"Beekman's introduction, which deftly combines historic, geographic, scientific, and humanistic material, is a first-rate piece of work, brilliantly written and a joy to read. . . . a magnificent achievement."—Craig Smith, The Santa Fe New Mexican
(Craig Smith The Santa Fe New Mexican
About the Author
Georgius Everhardus Rumphius (1627–1702), a soldier and naturalist, arrived on the island of Ambon in Indonesia in 1653 and until his death devoted himself to the task of documenting the tropical environment he encountered there. The late E. M. Beekman, a highly acclaimed authority on colonial and Dutch language and literature, was Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He was also an accomplished poet and novelist and the author of two dozen books.