Memoria Suscrita por el Illmo. Sr. Don Salvador Ceron y Leida en el Acto de la Inauguracion de la Estatua del Exmo. Sr. D. Sebastian Vidal y Soler.
Rare memorial address for Sebastián Vidal y Soler (1842–1889), Spanish forester and botanist, delivered on the occasion of the dedication of a statue erected in his honor in Manila in the Philippines, then a Spanish colony. Vidal, author of several works on the botany, served as director of the Botanical Garden of Manila from 1878 until his death. Several Philippine plants are named for him.
The address was delivered by Vidal’s forestry colleague, Salvador Ceron, who declared: “Vidal used the microscope little; he penetrated all things with his insightful glance; the objects in front of him acquired great proportions no matter how imperceptible they were.” (p13, approx. translation)
Vidal “...was practically a pioneer in the investigation of the Philippine flora, and has determined several peculiarities distinguishing it from the allied Malayan flora.”¹
The statue of Vidal, by Catalan sculptor Enric Clarasó, was erected in the Botanical Garden of Manila, but is now lost.
Description: Memoria Suscrita por el Illmo. Sr. Don Salvador Ceron y Leida en el Acto de la Inauguracion de la Estatua del Exmo. Sr. D. Sebastian Vidal y Soler.
Manila [Philippines]: Establecimiento Tipografico de E. Bota, 1892. 19, [1 (blank)] pages. Octavo. Printed wrappers. Vertical center crease; general creases; short closed tears to wrappers with significant loss to blank back cover; a few leaves with short closed tears at fore-edge; Good.
Note. 1. Popular Science Monthly, Vol. 36, January 1890, p432. Unlisted in OCLC. We find one copy in the Biblioteca de Catalunya in Barcelona.