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Leaves and fruit of a kind of Mexican vanilla. Drawing by Thomas Malie, 1730.
- Malie, Thomas, approximately 1700-approximately 1789.
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1 drawing : pen and brown ink and grey wash ; sheet 36 x 46.7 cm
Vanilliæ species maxima. Haec est volubilis siliquosa mexicana, foliis plantaginis, Raii, Hernand. Tlilxochilt, flos niger & aracus > aromaticus & a plumies >. Vanilla flore viridi & albo fructu nigriscente vocata. Mexico, A.D. 1730.
The other side of the sheet bears a drawing of the cacao tree
Thomas Malie (Mallie, Malié) was Surgeon-General to H.M. Forces in the West Indies: see obituary in The gentleman's magazine, 1789, vol. 59, pt. 1, p. 467
Lettering continues with further description of the plant, concluding: "Cum usus ipsius fructus ad conficiendam chocolatam satis innoluerit; has terras dolendum est curiosis destitui incolis, qui istas colant arbores atque alias id genus plures desquirant in tam vasta & fertili regione procul dubio reperiundas." (since the use of the fruit for making chocolate has grown, it is regrettable that these lands are lacking curious inhabitants who could seek out those trees and several others of the same kind which are no doubt to be found in such a vast and fertile region).
Mount bears number: "77"
Wellcome Library no. 11915i
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