Gathering Gum, Senegal, 1806

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Jean Baptiste Durand, A voyage to Senegal . . . translated from the French, & embellished with numerous engravings (London, 1806), between pp. 140-141.

Not based on an eye-witness drawing, this is one of several fanciful engravings created by the publisher for this volume. Caption: "The Moors gathering gums". Offers a detailed description of the gum tree and how the sap is harvested, etc. Notes that gum from Senegal has become more important in Europe than gum from Arabia; and "besides the usual application of it in manufactures and medicine . . . in several towns in France, they make it into an excellent preserve. The Moors and Negroes are very fond of eating it in its crude state" (pp. 141-142).