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Food Plants. Arrowroot, Cassava, Yam, Sweet Potato c1866

Food Plants. Arrowroot, Cassava, Yam, Sweet Potato c1866

by Fitch, Walter Hood

19thC antique print of Plants Used As Food: Arrowroot, Maranta arundinacea. Maniocor Cassava, Janipha Manihot. Yam, Dioscoroea alata. Sweet Potato, Ipomaea batatas.

Fine original hand-coloured steel engraving by James bishop after the drawing by Walter Hood Fitch (1817-1892) for "A History of the Vegetable Kingdom..." a work on the practical applications of botany by William Rhind (1797-1874). This lovely engraving was from the 1866 edition.

William Rhind trained in medicine, became a licentiate of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1818, and then moved to London for 2 years. He returned to Elgin in Scotland, set up a medical practice and sold medicines. More interested in lecturing in natural science - particularly botany, zoology and geology, Rhind moved to Edinburgh around 1824. In 1854 he waso lecturing in the medical faculty of Merischal College in Aberdeen. Rhind's research and travel was amazing considering that throughout his life he was partially lame in both legs. One of his biographers wrote that Rhind was "universally loved for his character and bearing, and was a most amiable man".

This fine engraving has a little soiling but is both interesting and decorative despite this. Page size is 245 x 150mm (9 5/8 x 6 inches).

Stock Number: apJJ30.foodPrice: $125.00