The 'purple gross-beak' and the 'poison-wood' Mark Catesby
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The 'purple gross-beak' and the 'poison-wood'
'Coccothraustes purpurea', the purple gross-beak, and 'Toxicodendron folijs alatis fructu purpureo pyri formi sparso', the poison-wood (Catesby's identifications; modern scientific names: Loxigilla violacea, the greater Antillean bullfinch; Metopium toxiferum, the Florida poisonwood). Plate 40 from volume I of The natural history of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands by Mark Catesby (London, 1731). Mark Catesby was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1733.
Original: etching. 1731
- Image reference: RS-10489
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