4°, stitched. Uncut. In fine condition. viii, 12 pp. *** First and only edition in Portuguese of this rare and interesting work on cochineal, a natural dye originally produced only by insects living on the nopal cactus in Mexico and Peru. During the nineteenth century it began to be cultivated in southern Europe. The author of this work, who wrote it for use in the Canary Islands, describes the techniques that were used to cultivate the cactus and the insect in Mexico, sometimes referring specifically to that area: e.g., p. 8, where he discusses the two distinct types of insect. The translator mentions that the plant was brought from Mexico to Cádiz in 1826 (p. v), and that the nopal was indigenous to Texas, Tucuman, Oaxaca, and areas of South America (p. vi). He has corrected the text based on his six years' experience growing the nopal. In the present edition, instructions are published specifically for the development of the cochineal trade in Madeira.*** Innocêncio VI, 230. Palau does not list the original Spanish version, nor any other. NUC: Not located in NUC.@, which lists a Spanish edition of Laguna, 1833 (one copy only, at ICN). Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Nova instrucção sobre a cultura dos nopales,...
Publisher: Lisbon, A.J.C. da Cruz, 1837.
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