This beautiful early 19th Century handcolored copperplate engraving on heavy chainlinked and watermarked paper is a real beauty. It depicts the fruit of Theobroma bicolor - commonly known as the Mocambo tree, jaguar tree, balamte or pataxte - it is a close relative to Cacao and was historically cultivated by the Aztecs alongside Theobroma cacao for production of chocolate. It has the Latin name written on the bottom. Beautiful botanical floral print with nice hand painting features.
Provenance: Getreue Darstellung und Beschreibung der in der Arzneykunde gebräuchlichen Gewächse, wie auch Solcher, welche mit ihnen Verwechselt werden Können
Author: Friedrich Guimpel (1 August 1774 in Berlin – 17 January 1839) was a German engraver and botanical illustrator. As an artist and professor at the Berlin Academy of Arts, he collaborated with several renowned botanists in the creation of illustrated botanical works. The species Berberis guimpelii was named in his honor by Karl Koch and Carl David Bouché. It is synonymous with Berberis chinensis.
Publisher: circa 1805 in Berlin
Size: circa 11 x 8 1/2 Inches
Condition : Very good with nice tanning. (PLEASE SEE PICTURES)
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