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CATESBY, Mark (1683-1749).
Acacia foliis Amplioribus, siliquis Cincinnatis ; Papilio diurna, prima, omnium maxima. (Plate 97)
London: at the expense of the author, [1729-] 1731-1743 [-1747]. Dimensions: approx 14 x 20 inches. Full margins and original hand color. Copperplate engraving by Mark Catesby, from "The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands". First edition, published in London in 1731-44. "In the Bahama Islands these Trees grow to about fifteen Inches in Thickness, and thirty or more Feet in Height; with a rough brown Bark: The Leaves are like those of the Phillirea, growing by Pairs. The Flowers are globular, composed of numerous scarlet Filaments, produced from small green Capsula's; many of the Flowers grow together on long Footstalks, at the Ends of slender Branches, making an elegant Appearance. The Flowers are succeeded by Pods, of a reddish brown Colour, containing many flatish round shining black Seeds, which when ripe are discharged from out of the Pods, but hang thereto by a scarlet mucilaginous, spongy Substance, which incloses a third Part of every Seed: The Pods grow three or four together, in a wreathed or spiral Manner, which Nature seems to have designed for displaying its Beauties to Advantage; for had the Pods been streight, as those of French Beans, these glittering Seeds would have been much obscured. The Seeds are Food of Wild Pigeons, &c." (Catesby) In 1712, the English-born artist and naturalist Mark Catesby embarked on a series of expeditions to the southern colonies of British North America. Catesby was enthralled by the wildlife of the New World, and he spent years traveling by foot through parts of present-day Virginia, Georgia, the Carolin … [Click Below for Full Description]
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