”It is with books as with men: a very small number play a great part, the rest is lost in the multitude.” (Voltaire) On 14 May 1986 the Dean of the Flora Malesiana and founder of this Bulletin, Professor Dr. Cornelis Gijsbert Gerrit Jan van Steenis, died at the age of 84½ years in a hospital in Leiden. He had been there for some abdominal complaints and a slight fever: an abscess on the appendix, perhaps. It was therefore a shock to all of us when he so suddenly and unexpectedly died. A small ceremony was held at the Rijksherbarium on 26 May. In line with his scientific and agnostic attitude he has bequeathed his body to Science. Our sincere condolences are extended to his wife, the famous Mrs. M.J. van Steenis-Kruseman, his son and daughter and all others of his family.