New Book on Botanical History - Canary Islands

Friday, February 15, 2019

As part of our research activities on botanical history, FIU-Biology faculty and Fairchild adjunct researcher Javier Francisco-Ortega has just published a new book pertinent the history of plant illustration in the Canary Islands. The book is co-authored with Lazaro Sánchez-Pinto (Museo de la Naturaleza y Arqueología de Tenerife, Canary Islands) and is the result of a collaboration with scholars from the Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris (Germinal Rouhan); Universidad de Puerto Rico at Río Piedras (Eugenio Santiago-Valentín); Universidade de Lisboa (Maria Romeiras and Cristina Duarte); Natural History Museum of London (Mark Carine); and Jardín de Aclimatación de La Orotava, Canary Islands (Arnoldo Santos-Guerra). The book has 331 pages, the text is in Spanish and English, and it is entitled: Iconography of Plants from the Canary Islands: 16th-18th centuries (ISNB: 978-84-88594-84-6). The content focuses on pictorial scientific artwork of Canarian plants made in the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries. In total 140 illustrations for 71 plants species that are native to the Canary Islands are presented, and many of them have not been published previously. The selection of artwork compiled for this book includes drawings, watercolors and engravings. The book is being published by the Museo de la Naturaleza y Arqueología de Tenerife, Canary Islands, and it is issued as a supplement of the research journal of this museum: Vieraea. The book was recently presented, together with other book published by FIU faculty, in a reception organized that took place in the Barnes & Noble branch of FIU, Modesto Maidique Campus. See bottom photo below.

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