15 June 1984
Vol 224, Issue 4654

About The Cover

Batavia, Dutch East Indies, as it appeared around 1780. In April of 1815, Batavia was covered with half an inch of ash in the aftermath of Tambora's eruption more than 700 miles away. See page 1191. [Aquatint by Ivan C. Rynne, courtesy of E. T. Archive, London, England]