'The River Anapo and Papyrus', Syracuse, Sicily, Italy, c 1850-1900.
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Papyrus stalks growing spontaneously along the river Anapo; this is the only place in Europe where this occurs. The plant, which was introduced to Siracusa from Egypt in the Hellenistic Age (323 BC - 30 BC), has since become extinct elsewhere in Sicily. Papyrus stalks are used to provide material for the artisan industry of papyrus paper production. From a collection of 57 albumen photographs of rock and glacial formations in the United Kingdom, Europe, North America and Asia.