RAIN TREE OF EL HIERRO. Garo . Arbre de l Isle de Fer . Canarias. MALLET 1683
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RAIN TREE OF EL HIERRO. Garoé. 'Arbre de l'Isle de Fer'. Canarias. MALLET 1683

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TITLE OF THE PRINT: 'Arbre de l'Isle de Fer'

The Garoé, Oreodaphne foetens or Rain tree of Hierro island, is a species of plant in the genus Oreodaphne in the Lauraceae family. It lives in Laurisilva, a type of laurel forest. It is found in the Canary islands, Madeira and the Azores. It is an evergreen fragrant tree of considerable size, which is indigenous to the Macaronesian archipelago. It has medicinal virtues and was sacred to the Bimbaches, the older inhabitants of El Hierro in the Canary Islands and was one of its symbols. Due to its location, where tradewinds occur, the water from the clouds is condensed from the branches from the trees which later produce rain. The legend asserts that the Garoé assured the life of the Bimbaches by providing them with water in sufficient amounts for their survival. The Bimbaches used the tree to fill water chaffs for transportion to all parts of the island. The original tree fell in a storm in 1610. Clouds continue to pass through the summits of the island and, during foggy days, produce the observable phenomenon of horizontal rain.

DATE PRINTED: 1683    

IMAGE SIZE: Approx Overall page size 13 x 21cm approximately (5 x 8 inches); image size 10.5 x 14.5cm approximately (4 x 5.5 inches)

TYPE: Original 17th century copperplate print

CONDITION: Good; suitable for framing. However, please note: The image shown may have been taken from a different example of this print than that which is offered for sale. The print you will receive is in good condition but there may be minor variations in the condition from that shown in the image. Please check the scan for any blemishes prior to making your purchase. Virtually all antiquarian maps and prints are subject to some normal aging due to use and time which is not obtrusive unless otherwise stated. We offer a no questions asked return policy.

AUTHENTICITY: This is an authentic historic print, published at the date stated above. It is not a modern copy.

VERSO: There are images and/or text printed on the reverse side

ARTIST/CARTOGRAPHER/ENGRAVER: Allain Manesson Mallet

PROVENANCE: "Description de l'Univers", contenant les differents systemes du Monde, les Cartes generales & particulieres de la Geographie Ancienne & Moderne: Les Plans & les Profils des principales Villes & des autres lieux considerables de la Terre; avec les portraits de Souverains qui y commandent, leurs Blasons, Titres & Livrees: Et les Moeurs, Religions, Gouvernements & divers habillemens de chaque Nation, dedieé au Roy, par Allain Manesson Mallet. Paris, Chez Denys Thierry, Rue S. Jacques, MDCLXXXIII (First edition, Paris, 1683)



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RAIN TREE OF EL HIERRO. Garoé. 'Arbre de l'Isle de Fer'. Canarias. MALLET 1683
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