Back of that American apple pie is a whole world of European pomology. Fred Janson’s book, Pomona’s Harvest, does a wonderful job of surveying this vast bibliography. To give you an idea how vast, here is a sampling of illustrations that have come to us from American pomology’s parent tree.
“The Old Quining”
Walter Hooker after Elizabeth Matthews or Frances Knight
from Thomas Andrew Knight (1759-1838)
Pomona Herefordiensis. . .
London: The Agricultural Society of Herefordshire, 1811
“The Beurré Diel Pear”
Augusta Innes Withers
from John Lindley (1799-1865)
The Pomological Magazine, vol. I (1828)
From Pomologia, 18th century