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Vintage botanical print of Timonius sericeus, known as Catimum, a plant from the Island of Timor in South East Asia.

This is a facsimile of an illustration from a manuscript about the flora of Timor. The originals were drawn by a Portuguese priest in the 18th century. They are held in an archive in Lisbon. The originals are watercolor illustrations on rice paper.

This facsimile edition was produced by the Portuguese archive in 1969 and I understand that it is the only existing reproduction of these drawings.

A facsimile is a copy or reproduction of an old book or manuscript that is as true to the original source as possible. As you can see in the scanned images, the page shows the illustration as it is in the original. Some of them show the uneven borders or other minor imperfections of the original. In my opinion, this makes the vintage print even more beautiful, you get an exact reproduction of an 18th century drawing.

Size: approx. 10" by 13.5"

In excellent condition. The spots that you see are in the original illustration and not in the facsimile reproduction that is clean and spotless.

This is the actual page from a 1969 book, not a reproduction.

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