The paradisus londinensis:.
London :Printed by D.N. Shury, and published by William Hooker,1805-1807..
Caesalpinia sappan by BioDivLibrary on Flickr.
“This plant has many uses. It possesses medicinal abilities as an antibacterial and for its anticoagulant properties. It also produces a valued type of reddish dye called brazilin, used for dyeing fabric as well as making red paints and inks.” (source)
See also: “Caesalpinia sappan A medicinal and dye yielding plant” (pdf)
Illustration of a Spectacled Caiman and a False Coral Snake (1701 -1705) by Maria Sibylla Merian ( 1647 -1717).
Hand coloured copper engraving.