The Canary Islands; & a Draught of the Fountain-Tree in the Island of Ferro.
Folding engraving, 200 x 235mm. 8 x 9¼". Lower margin lacking; left margin a little tatty. Two vertical folds.
An extraordinary plant on El Hierro, nicknamed Isla del Meridiano (the "Meridian Island"), the smallest and farthest south and west of the Canary Islands, in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa. This is a copy of Theodor de Bry's (1561 – 1623) image that accompanied his fictional narrative of the Garoé, or Rain tree, a species of plant in the genus Oreodaphne in the Lauraceae family. It is found in Canary Islands, Madeira, and the Azores. From 'The Universal Magazine of Knowledge and Pleasure', a monthly periodical founded by John Hinton.
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