image CLP_24_60_001
Image number: RS.15355
Credit: ©The Royal Society

A double pear

Date

7 March 1700

Creator

Unknown, Artist

Object type

Archive reference number

Manuscript page number

p1

Material

Dimensions

height (page): 221mm
width (page): 159mm

Subject

Biology
   > Botany

Content object

nature
   > plant
nature
   > plant
      > fruit

Description

At the meeting of the Royal Society on 7 March 1700, a report about a pear which had another fruit growing out of it with a leaf was read. This is likely the original paper, with a drawing of the double pear.

Transcription

This first were Peares, which in 24 days about the end of August had blossom'd and were come to maturity. One of these pears there was, which appear'd to have brought forth another through her head. For this head was wide open and had sent forth another pear, which came out but half, and this second pear emitted out of its head a branch and some leaves.
Transcribed by the Making Visible project

Object history

7 March 1699/00 [i.e. 1700], 'A relation of a strange double Pear, with leaves springing from the same was read. Dr Woodward said it was a very usual thing to meet with fruit growing together; but particularly nuts' (JBO/10/169).

Related Fellows

John Woodward (1665-1728, British), Naturalist

Associated place

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      > United Kingdom