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Volume 7 – Number 1

Jan 1976

Flora de Filipinas

Life in Early Hongkong

Singapore Report

The Torii School Mystery

Cover. If clothing is man’s second skin and housing his third, then the Nipa fruticans, or East Indian palm, is the collective third skin of Southeast Asia. The nipa is not only the predominant thatch material used in many Southeast Asian homes but also one of the two major sources of arrack, that potent Asian brew. The lithograph of the Nipa fruticans on our cover is from the 1878 edition of Flora de Filipinas, first published in 1837 by the Augustinian friar Manuel Blanco. Today Blanco’s study may be faulted in botanical terms, but its superb color prints are among the best botanical illustrations ever donw.

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