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In Le Canaarien, Alexander Cioranescu has collected texts by the islands' conquerors, Jean de Béthencourt and Gadifer de la Salle.The Guanches - Survivors and their Descendants, by José Luis Concepción, looks at the fate of the islands' first inhabitants.La Biblioteca Canaria has published El Arte en Canarias, a comprehensive review of art and architecture in the islands.Flowers in the Canary Islands by Juan Alberto Rodríguez Pérez, is available in English and German and is one of the most comprehensive books on the subject.Pleasures of the Canary Islands: Wine, Food, Beauty, Mystery, by Ann and Larry Walker, is one of the few introductions to Canary Island food in English. More portable than the above book, but available only in the Canary Islands, is The Best of Canary Island Cooking, written by various authors.A Birdwatchers' Guide to the Canary Islands, by Tony Clarke and David Collins, is the perfect companion for a pair of skyward-pointed binoculars.

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