This collection is a colourful examination of the USDA’s collection of fruit and but varieties and contains a delicious cornucopia of illustrations gathered from the collection. Assembled between 1886 and 1942, the collection’s remarkable, botanically accurate watercolours were executed by some 21 professional artists (including nine women). Encompassing fruit-suffused anecdotes and observations drawn from the fields of archaeology and anthropology, horticulture and literature, ancient representation and contemporary visual art, this book offers readers an engaging meditation upon the sweetest of all earth’s produce.
8 inches x 11 inches
384 pages including over 300 colour illustrations