He described the Ginkgo in his work “Amoenitatum Exoticarum” (Lemgo, ). It is assumed that Kaempfer saw a Ginkgo tree for the first time in his life in Nagasaki in February Later Kaempfer brought Ginkgo-seeds to Holland. KAEMPFER, ENGELBERT, German physician and traveler to Russia, the Orient, and the Far East (b. Lemgo, Westphalia, 16 September ;. English: Engelbert Kaempfer (September 16, – November 2, ), a German naturalist and physician is known for his tour of Russia.

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Category:Engelbert Kaempfer

He was the best guide Kaempfer could have met, and he gave him precious advice; he even wrote for him a short text, De Persia Sloane Mss.

He wrote two books about his travels. Kaempfee he came across a book by Adam Olearius and his famous account about the embassy to the shah of Persia.

Retrieved 2 June Zijn verslagen worden beschouwd als de belangrijkste 18e-eeuwse Europese bronnen over Japan. Retrieved from ” https: He wrote two books about his travels.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies Wikisource. Dutch East Indies Company: Foreigners were not allowed to leave Deshima on the pain of death except for special enge,bert. He entered the employment by a local count at Detmold as medical doctor, which however did not leave him much time for his intended publication. Amoenitatum exoticarumpublished inis important for its medical observations and the first extensive description of Japanese plants Flora Japonica.


During the remaining kempfer years of his life he was not able to find a publisher for his manuscripts. He died inhaving produced only the Amoenitatum Exoticarumwhich includes information about Japanese paper-making, natural fngelbert, a chapter on the date palm, and descriptions of about plants. As early asthe Philosophical Transactions No. The first biographical study was written by the Swiss Johann Caspar Scheuchzer, who translated his magnum opus into English Kaempfer, In particular comments on the behavior of the heathens and that some of their doings were quite reasonable mainly concerning religious and legal questions.

Copyright Legal Permissions Policies Ejgelbert. Having finished his thesis, he graduated on April 22, as a Doctor of Medicine. Gaur; VI, Russlandtagebuch ded. Peter Hogg, London, [enlarged and revised tr. Library tours Online booking.

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View Larger Image K. Yet engelber reputation and experience would not allow him so private a pursuit, and soon the Count de Lippe, his sovereign Prince, appointed Kaempfer to be his personal physician. The diplomatic aim engelnert the Swedish legation in Isfahan brought Kaempfer to the court, where he could observe Persian customs, manners, and rituals. Due to his training in many topics such as mathematics, astronomy, natural science and medicine, Kaempfer must be seen as the first person with a scientific approach to countries in Asia which are very different from Europe.

Aus den Originalhandschriften des VerfassersLemgo,2 vols. Publications Ferrum New Publication e-periodica.

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Kaempfer’s original manuscripts are held by the British Library. Frontispiece and Title Page. His History of Japanpublished posthumously inwas the chief source of Western knowledge about the country throughout the 18th century.


This page was last edited on 18 Novemberat From Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository. His description of the Persian court and of Japan had a great impact on European engslbert well into the 19th century. He attended Latin schools in Lemgo, Hameln, the Gymnasia of Luneburg and Lubeck, and the Kaempffer of Danzig, and studied at universities in Thorn, Cracow, where he received a master’s degreeand Koenigsberg from to Part 1 Kaempfer Part 1 2. The purpose of the Swedish legation was to gain direct access to the much-coveted Oriental goods and raw materials, thereby avoiding the added costs of the Dutch carrying trade and of the long sea routes off South Africa.

In his posthumously published notes on Japan, he mixes careful observation with a strong desire to make these observations conform to European conceptions of Asia. Fascicle IIIed.

During his youth he was witnessing witch hunts which left a deep impression about human behavior. All this is laid out in pages in quarto. He then took a ship to Batavia today’s Jakarta, Indonesiaarriving in September