"Cherries" $62
"Cherries:-- 1. Early Rivers. 2. Emperor Francis, 3. White Bigarreau." Original color plate from The Gardener's Assistant by Robert Thompson under the Direction of William Watson, Curator, Royal Gardens, Circa 1902 London. Matted and in clip slip cover, paper size height 10 " x width 7 ". Perfect condition and color.

Accompanying narrative with plate "The cultivated varieties of Cherries have been derived from two species . . . The cultivation of the Cherry in this country is said to have been started in the time of Henry VIII, when several varieties were introduced from Italy into Kent. There are now more than one hundred named varieties grown in England alone; some of the best of these were raised by Mr. Rivers of Sawbridgeworth. . . In some parts of Germany, Belgium, and Italy, Cherries are not uncommon as roadside trees, where they afford shade and yield copious crops of fruit."

These illustrations were used in school in Germany. One of the earliest books to illustrate citrus fruits was published in 1708, Volckamer's Nurnbergische Hesperides. In 1729 Batty Langley published Pomona or the Fruit Garden Illustrated . . . with over 300 drawings of several fruits engraved on seventy-nine folio pages. What followed was Twelve Months of Fruit in 1732 to several other noteworthy publications to Poiteau's Histoire Naturelle des Orangers in 1818. Today, fruit illustrations are highly sought after by collectors, decorators, gardeners, and others interested in this area. At this point, no credit cards or shopping carts on line. shipping and handling not included.
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