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An Illustrated Catalog of American Fruits & Nuts

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection

Introduction and text by Adam Leith Gollner. Text by Marina Vitaglione. Contributions by Jacqueline Landy, John McPhee, Michael Pollan.

Featured image is reproduced from 'An Illustrated Catalog of American Fruits & Nuts.'

A kaleidoscopic celebration of the USDA’s pomological collection, offering an engaging, biophillic meditation upon the sweetest of the earth’s produce

The United States Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection encompasses 7,497 botanical watercolor paintings of evolving fruit and nut varieties, alongside specimens introduced by USDA plant explorers from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Assembled between 1886 and 1942, the collection's remarkable, botanically accurate watercolors were executed by some 21 professional artists (including nine women). Authored largely before the widespread application of photography, the watercolors were intended to aid accurate identification and examination of fruit varietals, for the nation’s fruit growers.

Documenting the transformation of American pomology, the science of fruit breeding and production, and the horticultural innovations accountable for contemporary fruit cultivation and consumption, the USDA’s collection offers fascinating anthropological and horticultural insights concerning the fruits we ecstatically devour, and why.

With an abundance of reproductions from the collection, this gorgeous volume encompasses fruit-suffused anecdotes and observations drawn from the fields of archaeology and anthropology, horticulture and literature, ancient representation and contemporary visual art. It includes contributions by authors Jacqueline Landy, John McPhee, Michael Pollan and Marina Vitaglione.


Featured image is reproduced from 'An Illustrated Catalog of American Fruits & Nuts.'

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

Elephant

Holly Black

The technical accuracy of these illustrations is a marvel, finding beauty even in the diseased and rotten...

Forbes

Jonathon Keats

Because color photography was not yet reliable in the 1890s, the division relied on the meticulous observation and brushwork of Newton and her colleagues to record the bounty harvested from the continent’s sprawling orchards and fields. Their stunning pictures of oranges and apples and strawberries and persimmons, which have long been a resource for specialists on the USDA website, have finally received the mainstream attention they deserve.

Hyperallergic

Lauren Moya Ford

The book’s main attraction is its hundreds of lusciously detailed, full-color illustrations: the reader can almost taste and smell the bright, juicy fruits and nuts across its pages. But the catalogue’s accompanying texts by Adam Leith Goliner, Jaqueline Landey, John McPhee, and Michael Pollan about each fruit’s history and makeup — which encompass elements of archaeology, anthropology, botany, and the arts — are unexpectedly illuminating, and nearly as delightful.

Financial Times

Baya Simmons

A selection of the most delectable specimens. From the vivid green oranges grown in Florida to the delicate yellow cherries found in Michigan, the book provides a sumptuous journey of discovery.

New York Times Cooking

Florence Fabricant

That the U.S. Department of Agriculture and art could be on speaking terms seems astonishing. Yet from 1886 to 1942 the agency commissioned artists to document fruits and nuts grown in the United States, to record the varieties and help with identification at a time when the use of color photography was not widespread. The beautiful new book exhibits but a fraction of the 7,584 botanical watercolor paintings in the collection. Lively, informative text accompanies the illustrations.

Creative Boom

Emily Gosling

Not only visually arresting, but botanically accurate.

Bookforum

Lizzy Harding

These artists were in the business of rivaling color photography, not yet widely used. More than a picture book, this is a survey of visual learning; prior to the orange’s introduction in Europe during the Renaissance, Westerners went around calling the shade of the same name ‘yellow-red.’

Washington Post

Sebastian Smee

The pictures are virtuosic... you feel you could reach out and pick from it.

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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 6/1/2021

A book like no other. We are thrilled to announce 'An Illustrated Catalog of American Fruits & Nuts'

A book like no other. We are thrilled to announce 'An Illustrated Catalog of American Fruits & Nuts'

Featured spreads are from An Illustrated Catalog of American Fruits & Nuts, Atelier Éditions’ stupendous new 356-page collection of pomological watercolors commissioned by The U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1886–1942. Culled from almost 7,500 botanical illustrations, the 300 exquisite examples selected here are accompanied by anecdotes and observations from the fields of archaeology and anthropology, horticulture and literature, ancient representation and contemporary visual art, alongside texts by Jacqueline Landy, John McPhee, Michael Pollan and Marina Vitaglione. In the chapter introducing Apples, or Pomes, Henry David Thoreau is quoted: “I frequently pluck wild apples of so rich and spicy a flavor that I wonder all orchardists do not get a scion from that tree, and I fail not to bring home my pockets full. But perchance, when I take one out of my desk and taste it in my chamber, I find it unexpectedly crude, — sour enough to set a squirrel’s teeth on edge and make a jay scream. [...] The out-door air and exercise which the walker gets give a different tone to his palate, and he craves a fruit which the sedentary would call harsh and crabbed. They must be eaten in the fields, when your system is all aglow with exercise, when the frosty weather nips your fingers, the wind rattles the bare boughs.” continue to blog


FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/9/2021

Georgia on our minds

Georgia on our minds

Amidst this week's chaos in the capital, we would like to congratulate Georgia's newly elected senators, Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, whose wins over GOP incumbents will change the balance of power in Washington. We remain amazed and inspired by Stacey Abrams, whose bravery, tirelessness and influence on both the presidential and senatorial elections will be studied in American history forever. Featured image, a 1918 botanical watercolor of a peach, is reproduced from An Illustrated Catalog of American Fruits & Nuts: The U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection, one of our favorite forthcoming titles in the Spring 2021 Artbook | D.A.P. Catalog, published by Atelier Éditions. continue to blog


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