A bread-fruit of the Paea species with its leaf and blossom, drawn from a specimen brought to England by the Revd. Jno. Williams, missionary from the Sea Sea Islands. Rev. John Breadfruit; Williams.

A bread-fruit of the Paea species with its leaf and blossom, drawn from a specimen brought to England by the Revd. Jno. Williams, missionary from the Sea Sea Islands.

London: Published by John Snow, Ca. late 1830s. Very rare separately published image of the bread fruit, probably one of the few fruits in history to figure in a mutiny. William Bligh's mishandling of his crew, who were sent to Tahiti to secure the breadfruit to feed slaves in the West Indies in the 1790s, lead to the infamous Mutiny of the Bounty. John Williams traveled for the London Missionary Society in 1816 and brought back a bread fruit when he returned to England in 1834. This image derives from the William's period.

Large colored lithograph, with the leaf and fruit occupying most of the image. Many rubbed spots with number of small tears, and one 9" closed tear into sheet. Backed on tissue paper to strengthen cracks. Some lighter discoloration on the right edge. Printed area 39.5 X 50.5 cms. Trove Libraries Australia ID 9131025, at the National Library of Australia. Good + overall. Item #12572

Price: $1,250.00

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