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Cornucopia of Fruit & Vegetables, A: Illustrations from an eighteenth-century botanical treasury
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Cornucopia of Fruit & Vegetables, A: Illustrations from an eighteenth-century botanical treasury (Hardback)

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Close-up photos of plump apricots, juicy mangoes, crisp lettuce ... these are familiar to us all through cookery books and garden guides. But seeing fruit and vegetables as detailed art, viewed through eighteenth-century eyes, is something very different - and more interesting.

Thanks to intrepid explorers and plant-hunters, Britain and the rest of Europe have long enjoyed a wide and wonderful array of fruit and vegetables. Some wealthy households even created orangeries and glasshouses for tender exotics and special pits in which to raise pineapples, while tomatoes, sweetcorn and runner beans from the New World expanded the culinary repertoire.

This wealth of choice attracted interest beyond the kitchen and garden. In the 1730s, a prosperous Bavarian apothecary produced the first volume of a comprehensive A to Z of all available plants, meticulously documented, and lavishly illustrated by botanical artists. 'A Cornucopia of Fruit & Vegetables' is a glimpse into his world. It features exquisite illustrations of the edible plants in his historic treasury, allowing us to enjoy the sight of swan-necked gourds and horned lemons, smile at silkworms hovering over mulberries and delight at the quirkiness of 'strawberry spinach' ... a delicious medley of garden produce and much else.

Art, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryArt treatments & subjectsAnimals & nature in art still life, landscapes & seascapesHome & GardenGardeningGardening: plantsGardening: growing fruit & vegetables Publisher: Bodleian Library Publication Date: 07/05/2021 ISBN-13: 9781851245666  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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CAROLINE BALL is an editor, copywriter and occasional translator who has written on many subjects, but has a particular interest in horticulture, garden history and the plant-hunters, both men and women, who have made our gardens and countryside the rich and diverse habitats they are today. She is a keen gardener and author of Heritage Apples, and has contributed to other books, including a study of William Morris and a guide to historical sites.

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