Tuesday, January 20, 2009

L'Empire des Legumes

While looking around on Panteek, I came upon this charming book of illustrations from 1840 ~ Empire of Vegetables by Amedee Varin. Unfortunately I wasn't able to find out much about the book and its contents ~ I translated several of the titles, but wonder if there is some sort of story that was not included. I guess if I dig up $4,500 I could satisfy my curiosity ~ for now, here are a few of my favorites ~ see the rest here:

{title page ~ Empire of Vegetables}

{Cucurbitus (genus of the gourd family) the 1st ~ the leader?}

{the romans}

{the hasty asparagus}

{marital carrot}


Learning Spanish at 41 said...

Okay, now that is cool. I'm laughing at that hasty aspargus, however! What a neat find!

Hannah Read-Baldrey said...

These pics are wonderful! May inspire me to do a shoot!! x

Maria said...

Ha ha ha. I love these. Especially Mr. Asparagus. :-)