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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Even though the Shogunate government at the time was bent on not engelbeft any information on Japan to reach foreigners it was strictly forbidden to make sketches on any military and other important buildingsKaempfer made drawings to which he added the descriptions in Arabic and got away with it.

Most have been published since Inat age 32, he managed to be engaged as secretary to the Royal Swedish Ambassador Extraordinary on a special mission to Persia, where he stayed until When Kaempfer arrived in Isfahan he followed his inquiries while employed at the Swedish legation.

In Germany he published the book Amoenitatum exoticarum Lemgo He died inhaving produced only the Amoenitatum Exoticarumwhich includes engeobert about Japanese paper-making, natural history, a chapter on the date palm, and descriptions of about plants. By engepbert this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Engelbert Kaempfer – Cincinnati History Library and Archives

Here Kaempfer left the caravan to investigate the Achaemenid and Sasanian ruins. Index kaaempfer for “Kaempfer” on Internet available at http: The diplomatic aim of the Kaemprer legation in Isfahan brought Kaempfer to the court, where he could observe Persian customs, manners, and rituals.


First editions of the new work edition were published in the same year. After stopping briefly in Siam, he arrived in Japan on 23 September at the island of Deshima or Dejima near Nagasaki in remote southwest Japan.

Publications Ferrum New Publication e-periodica. Detlef Haberland Originally Published: Kaempfer stayed in Isfahan until the end of the Swedish negotiations. Slightly altered, it is also incorporated as part three in the Amoenitates Amoenitates, pp.

Kaempfer died on November 2, On November 8, he married the young Maria Sophia Wilstach, with whom he had three children, who all died in their infancy. Flora Japonicarepr. He then traveled to Poland and Prussia, where he pursued the engelbbert of a wandering student, moving enngelbert one university to another and focusing mainly on medicine and foreign languages. Kaempfer settled in his native city of Lemgo, where he became the physician of the Count of Lippe. Having chosen to settle down in Swedenwhere he enrolled at Uppsala University, he won the esteem of several engelberr notables, through whom he was finally appointed as secretary to a legation destined for the Russian and Persian courts After his death in all the material he collected and his preparatory work for publication went to his nephew, who due to financial constraints had to sell all the manuscripts and collection.

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He spent the following winter studying Javanese natural history. In Kaempfer reached Isfahanthen the Persian capital.

By he had traveled to Java and in was appointed a member of a Dutch trade kwempfer bound for Japan. Henrici Wilhelmi Meyeri, He was awarded a medical degree at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. Yet his 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.


Sir Hans Sloane acquired Kaempfer’s papers and had the manuscript account of his travels in Japan translated into English and published under the title, History of Japan.

Muntschick, Wiesbaden, [contains the fifth part of the Amoenitates ]. Introduction Engelbert Kaempfer was born In Germany into a family of a vicar. He was to stay in Japan from September 24, to October 30,another most rewarding part of his travels in Asia. The embassy waited for over a year to be recognized at the Persian court. Besides Japanese history, this book contains a description of the political, social and physical state of the country in the 17th century.

Engelbert Kaempfer: The History of Japan (1727)

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He was about 24 years of age, well vers’d in the Chinese and Japanese languages, and very desirous of improving himself. His History of Japanpublished posthumously inwas the chief source of Western enelbert about the country throughout the 18th century.

Being surgeon at the court in Detmold took too much time and prevented him from engaging in further research, and he felt embittered for having venues and opportunities barred to him in his final years.